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The Consultation Conundrum: Examining Aboriginal consultation in Alberta
Aboriginal relationships are of incredible importance to our economy, especially in the context of current resource development projects and Canada’s need to get its products to market. With rising global energy demand, and Canada’s ability to service that demand, the ability to properly consult and engage with Aboriginal communities is vital.
When it comes to Aboriginal consultation, problems exist on both sides of the table, with industry and First Nations often holding conflicting concerns over what policies and guidelines should be in place. However, it seems that most of the problems can be broken down to issues of clarity and transparency.