First Nations Participation in Resource Management Decision-Making: Best Practices

By Stephen Alexander Roberts.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Historically, governments in Canada have formulated mineral development policies in the absence of reference to or communication with First Nations communities. The role of public consultation was typically limited to communicating decisions that had already been made. Only recently has public consultation been applied by regulation as a formal process of integrating First Nation's input into a social impact assessment (SIA) process. Practical experience has demonstrated that there are significant and measurable benefits that result from effective consultation. By referencing case studies, this oral presentation will show how meaningful participation can lead to development that is consistent with the values, goals, and aspirations of First Nation's peoples.

Keywords: First Nations, Mining, Public Consultation

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp.13-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 555.736KB).

Dr. Stephen Alexander Roberts

Senior Social and Economic Research Scientist, Social and Economic Development, Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd., Victoria, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Roberts is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia. Working in collaboration with Highland Valley Copper Ltd., the focus of his doctoral research was on identifying the dominant factors which influence stakeholder perceptions of the usefulness of closure planning to assist a community in its transition to a post-closure economy. Dr. Roberts is currently working developing a socio-economic assessment for a proposed copper mine located in south central British Columbia.

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