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Aboriginal rights could require industry to change or abandon projects – Calgary Herald

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012751 Views

OTTAWA – Pipeline companies and other industrial stakeholders could be obliged to abandon or alter proposed projects – if a review identifies risks of irreversible impacts – because of the Canadian government’s constitutional responsibility to accommodate the rights of First Nations groups, says a newly-released internal federal discussion paper.

The document, released through access to information legislation by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, was prepared in advance of a December 1, 2011 meeting in Calgary between federal government officials and representatives of a pipeline industry lobby group.

It highlighted First Nations rights defined under the 1982 constitution and upheld in various court decisions.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Aboriginal+rights+could+require+industry+change+abandon/7520299/story.html

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