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