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

What does the 2017 Federal Budget mean for Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Mar 31, 2017 2:06:47 PM

Last week the Trudeau government tabled its second budget of its 4-year term with large emphasis being placed on skills and innovation that strengthen the middle classinvestments that improve infrastructure (including infrastructure on reserves and in rural and Northern) communities, and strengthening Canada at home and abroad. In this blog post we provide a round-up of funding that has been committed, what's missing, and where to go from here. 

Overall, the federal budget commits to providing $3.4 billion in new money over the next five years for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and communities. This money is in addition to the $8.4 billion announced in last year’s federal budget which was also spread over five years. (Source: APTN)

The two figures would bring total new federal investments targeting Indigenous peoples and communities to $14 billion by 2021-2022—two years after the next federal election. (Source: APTN)

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Topics: Indigenous Rights and Interests, federal policy