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Chris Selley: There isn’t any reason to declare reconciliation dead. Maybe the opposite – National Post

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202064 Views

It’s a gong show out there, but the majority of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians are united in pursuing a more prosperous future for everyone

February 26, 2020

To see all the placards and bedsheets across the country proclaiming “reconciliation is dead,” you might never suspect how explicitly the Truth and Reconciliation Report contemplated resource development as a tool for … well, reconciliation. It quotes approvingly a 2013 report to Prime Minister Stephen Harper by Douglas Eyford, the government’s special representative on west-coast energy infrastructure: “Aboriginal communities view natural resource development as linked to a broader reconciliation agenda.” And it specifies how that development should happen in order to ensure Indigenous people support and prosper from it.

The 92nd of the report’s “calls to action” envisions governments “obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects,” and ensuring that “Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.”

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