Don Richardson

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Indigenous Consent: Prosperity, Stewardship, Jurisdiction

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jun 10, 2017 10:19:33 AM

Indigenous Consent: Prosperity, Stewardship, Jurisdiction and Major Projects

Lawyers from a premier law firm acting for Indigenous people across Canada recently penned an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail on what "consent" means to major projects in Canada.  Ottawa recently dropped its rejection to an important UN resolution on Indigenous consent – the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  For project proponents, it is important to understand what this means, and this Globe opinion piece is a must read.

As the article notes, there “have been some instances of consent on projects in Canada. These have occurred when businesses have been willing to openly negotiate the terms of their projects with local Indigenous communities, provide them with the time and support they need to assess their interest, share in the benefits of those projects, and agree to walk away or otherwise modify projects to the extent impacts are eliminated if the communities are not interested.”  But this is not, yet, the typical case.


“Healthy relationships are based on consent - – consent that is truly free, prior, and informed.”


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Topics: Indigenous Rights and Interests

Eagle Eye: May 2017 Funding Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 9, 2017 9:48:34 AM

We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  
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Topics: Funding

Tired of NEB Pipeline Whack-a-Mole? There's an App for That!

Posted by Don Richardson

on Apr 22, 2017 8:01:06 PM

“Canada is a vast nation with a diverse energy mix. A better understanding of what energy is produced, as well as how, when and where it’s transported will lead to a more informed energy dialogue across the country.”

– Peter Watson, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Board

 

Tired of NEB Pipeline Whack-a-Mole?

National Energy Board (NEB) regulated pipelines transport millions of litres of oil and gas under our feet every day.  The network of pipelines is vast.  In 2016, pipelines regulated by the NEB moved over a billion barrels of liquid products alone.  We spend a lot of time with pipeline maps, in relation to pipelines and Indigenous jurisdiction, Indigenous land use planning, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous environmental monitoring and Indigenous Guardians programs or related BEAHR training.  A good pipeline mapping app would be nice.

If you've ever tried to figure out where a NEB regulated pipeline is located and what's flowing through it, you know it can be difficult.  But your days of playing pipeline whack-a-mole on Google may soon be over.  The National Energy Board (NEB) recently launched a new interactive online tool providing information on what products are moving through NEB-regulated pipelines.

 Map image from the NEB's Interactive Pipeline Map, including dots with reported incidents

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Topics: Pipelines, Indigenous Environmental Monitoring

Eagle Eye: Spring 2017 - Funding, News and Updates

Posted by Don Richardson

on Mar 31, 2017 4:27:11 PM

The Eagle Eye newsletter will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they may mean for you and the communities with which you work.  We've also got our sights set on a number of funding deadlines in the coming months that could be of interest to our client community. 

 

In This Issue:
  • There's Still Time: Apply for the 2017 Shared Value Internship Program
  • The New Federal Budget: What's There, What's Not
  • Canada Launches New $325M Atlantic Fisheries Fund
  • NEB Modernization Process: What We're Hearing From Communities Across Canada
  • New Faces at SVS: Meet Amanda and Alex!
  • Upcoming Funding Opportunities
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Topics: Funding, Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye: March/April 2017 Funding Opportunities Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on Mar 28, 2017 1:40:41 PM

We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  

 

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Topics: Funding

Eagle Eye: $361,500+ Available -January 2017 Funding Opportunities Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jan 27, 2017 11:05:53 AM

 
We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  

 

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Topics: Funding, Eagle Eye

Energy East Pipeline to Nova Scotia: Will First Nations Have a Big Say?

Posted by Don Richardson

on Dec 9, 2016 9:25:34 AM


 

By Don Richardson, Managing Partner, Shared Value Solutions Ltd.

INTRODUCTION:

I was taken by surprise by the announcement that Nova Scotia's Strait of Canso Superport should be an ultimate destination for the Energy East pipeline.  That's the recommendation of a new Senate Committee report released on December 7th, 2016.  The report also highlights the Indigenous partnering, including benefit sharing and equity stakes, that the Senate Committee says are critical for any Canadian oil transportation strategy.  

At Shared Value Solutions we provide environmental and regulatory consulting support for several First Nation clients across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.  This new report from the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has big implications for our clients, and will lead to important community decisions.  And it is part of a constantly changing and complex political story that is Energy East.  

Part of my job, which I couldn't do without my terrific colleagues, is to support Indigenous leaders and their communities, in getting the facts, conducting independent due diligence including land use and Indigenous knowledge studies, and making informed community decisions.

The Senate report, is largely supportive of Canadian oil and gas energy production policies and should be read with that understanding.  It is titled Pipelines for Oil: Protecting our economy, respecting our environment and makes 6 key points about a proposal to direct the Energy East oil pipeline to a new port in Nova Scotia.  Let's see what this means...

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Topics: Energy East, Pipelines

Indigenous Commercial Fisheries - the Next Reconciliation Revolution

Posted by Don Richardson

on Dec 3, 2016 11:27:08 PM


 

INTRODUCTION:

David Suzuki recently wrote an article titled Reconciliation Requires Recognizing Rights-Based Fishing.  It got us thinking about the range of recent work we've been doing with clients around Indigenous fisheries - everything from connecting Saugeen Ojibway Nation fisheries representatives  to Guelph's Neighbourhood Group of restaurants to explore supply-chain opportunities, to helping the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI with regulatory comments on the review of the federal Fisheries Act, to working with the Qikiqtarjuaq ("Qik") community of Nunavut on its growing commercial fishery, to assisting Aroland First Nation and Matawa Four Rivers with efforts to protect endangered sturgeon habitat and spawning areas.

Suzuki really got us thinking about the connections between Reconciliation and fish, especially as we work with clients on restoring lost protections and introducing Indigenous safeguards to the Federal Fisheries Act.  Here are 5 key points that Suzuki makes, and our follow-on comments:

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Topics: Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies, Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards, Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

November 2016 - Eagle Eye Newsletter: Funding and Other Adventures

Posted by Don Richardson

on Nov 1, 2016 12:43:14 PM

The Eagle Eye newsletter will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they may mean for you and the communities with which you work.  We've also got our sights set on a number of funding deadlines in the coming months that could be of interest to our client community. 
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Topics: News, Funding, Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye: October 2016 Funding Opportunities Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 27, 2016 11:46:57 AM

 
We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  

 

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Topics: Funding, Eagle Eye