Read on for updates on Indigenous funding programs, precedent setting impact benefit and resource management agreements, and stories of prosperity, jurisdiction and stewardship in action.
Jurisdiction: Disingenuous consultation is an epidemic across Canada, Eabameetong First Nation wins court case
An Ontario court cancelled a permit for mineral exploration on Eabametooong First Nation’s traditional territory after Ontario failed to adequately consult on a Landore Resources Canada mineral exploration permit application. A three judge panel says Landore Resources Canada will have to complete consultations with the First Nation before a permit can be issued for the company’s claim in Northwestern Ontario. In issuing a permit for exploration, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines should have engaged in conduct that promotes reconciliation with Indigenous people “as opposed to misunderstanding and betrayal,” the court wrote. “Disingenuous consultation is an epidemic across Canada,” Eabametoong’s lawyer Krista Robertson said. “First Nations constantly feel betrayed by it. I think many Nations will feel vindicated by this decision and I hope it brings change.”
An agreement reached in spirit of reconciliation between Peguis First Nation and the City of Winnipeg sets Peguis up to open an urban reserve within Winnipeg. The community is located roughly 150 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, but its urban reserve, the second of its kind in the city, will be set up at 1075 Portage Ave. The agreement is the result of a lengthy negotiation spanning several years, including a great deal of discussion, review and analysis of common and best practices across Canada, but more importantly, was created through the lens of reconciliation.
Prosperity: Ontario's cancellation of renewable energy contracts disproportionately impacts First Nations and local communitiesExcellent analysis by our friends at OKT Law. "The dust is beginning to settle on the Doug Ford Government’s July 5, 2018 order to cancel 758 renewable energy projects in Ontario. What is emerging is clear: the hardest hit by this decision are First Nations and local communities."
The number of Indigenous-led businesses in Canada is slowly rising, with Indigenous businesses generating over $12 billion (Cdn) dollars to Canada’s GDP in 2016 alone. These businesses were celebrated recently at the Indspire awards and are the focus of a new campaign from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) called Supply Change. The campaign is seeking to develop further opportunities for Indigenous businesses to succeed in supply chains by sharing how Indigenous-led businesses are creating positive outcomes for Indigenous peoples and communities they are a part of.
The essay highlights Guardians programs in the Northwest Territories being carried out by the Dehcho communities of Kakisa, Lutsel K’e, Jean Marie River and Fort Good Hope. Dehcho First Nations Chief Herb Norwegian refers to these programs as putting “moccasins on the ground,” where community-driven conservation initiatives are built by the communities themselves, using traditional knowledge and science to protect their homelands.
The First Nation Adapt program aims to support the gathering of Indigenous Knowledge, community involvement in planning processes and building capacity within Indigenous communities to conduct research and monitor the changing climate. Contact us if you need assistance determining your eligibility or developing an application for the program.
NOVA Gas Transmission Limited (NGTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans Canada, has filed a project description for the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project. The project would see approximately 350 kilometres of new 48 inch pipeline in in northwestern Alberta, plus three large 30 to 40 megawatt compressor stations in west-central Alberta.
We recently profiled this project in an article titled "Nine Reasons Indigenous Guardians Always Get In On Regulatory Projects". $1 million of Participant funding is available to facilitate the participation in this public hearing - find out more about participating in a regulatory process like this, and contact us for more information.
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- Reviews of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements
- First Nation Land Code communities
- Indigenous Guardian programs
- Impact Benefit Agreements: technical and regulatory support for negotiations
- Indigenous Jurisdiction initiatives: joint management agreements and co-management agreements
- Community-based Indigenous environmental monitoring
- Indigenous Land Use Planning
- Participant funding negotiation and application support
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