“Duty to Consult” is a cruel joke if First Nations can’t handle the load


‘Duty to Consult’ a Cruel Joke If First Nations Can’t Handle the Load
Insider reveals hidden barrier to fair dealing with Indigenous governments about big-ticket projects.

By Alex Power 16 Jan 2017 | Edge Magazine
Alex Power is a Regulatory and Research Specialist with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. He wrote a version of this article for Edge, where it first appeared.

Whenever there’s a large project in Canada, whether it’s a new mine or major infrastructure, there’s a constitutionally based “duty to consult” with affected Indigenous parties. In the Northwest Territories, where I live, the regulatory boards have done a pretty good…

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