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Yaffe: First Nations hold veto over resource development – Vancouver Sun

by aanationtalk on November 12, 2012838 Views

By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun November 12, 2012

Governments and corporate Canada remain in denial about a new reality: aboriginal groups hold veto power over resource development.

In his just-published book, Resource Rulers; Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources, Bill Gallagher reviews the legal victories natives have toted up since the 1980s, and draws an intriguing conclusion.

He says it’s no longer enough for companies to merely consult on resource projects, they need to invite aboriginals to become partners and co-managers in proposed developments.

Gallagher, a Kitchener resident who has worked as an oil-patch lawyer and treaty negotiator, calls the situation “the biggest under-reported business story of the last decade.”

He personally has counted up “well over” 150 legal wins for native groups, all based on provisions outlined in Canada’s Constitution.

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