It amazes me how many people start name calling and become unprofessional when someone else of the opposite opinion states something that they do not want to hear – why? Voicing an opinion is a right and a privilege and so is the right to be heard.
I always enjoy reading articles like the one attached in this post. It tells us that industry needs to understand the “Duty to Consult”, that transparency in the discussions are paramount and that the process must be “meaningful.” All great words and it should be simple, right? HA! Continue reading
Interesting article. And I cannot help but wonder what information has not been shared. From what I is available the land was never ceded to the crown – so who legally owns it? And what methods must be taken to prove otherwise, we all know the courts take time and with the injunction in place there is no way to further the delay. Then there is the point that Continue reading
A great article on the basic reality of Aboriginal rights and title on natural resource projects. Yes they don’t have veto but they have a right to protect their Aboriginal rights to practice their ways on the land. If that project infringes up on that right then it is a determination does this project impact on the Aboriginal right less than the benefits to society as a whole and if so what is it worth in accommodation to the nations impacted. However with all that being said no one has any idea what is adequate and it is very true that this particular project (Enbridge’s Northern Gateway) could be held up in court for years. Continue reading
There are a lot of speculations on what will happen if the Northern Gateway Project (pipeline extending from the OIlsands of Alberta to the Northern Coast of BC) is approved or rejected. Either way someone is not going to be happy and at the Continue reading
Government streamlining of the assessment of resource development projects will be the a huge discussion topic over the next few years as mining and oil sand development increase. To the general public this looks like a way to bypass the rigorous environmental assessment, public participation process and aboriginal consultation, however if it is done correctly it will bring effeciencies to the internal communication within government.
Consultation versus Engagement – What is the difference? Is there really a difference? Now it depends to who you talk to but to keep things simple: consultation is the legal responsibility of the crown (Canadian Government) and engagement is the delegated responsibility from the crown to the industry proponent proposing a resource project on the land. If you think of these two terms in this way it keeps it quite simple.