FPIC Breakout Session: Randall Kahgee

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by pmnationtalk on November 28, 2019526 Views

Credit: Environment Office | Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Randall Kahgee is Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP and specializes in indigenous rights law, with an emphasis on community-based processes and government-to-government negotiations. He served as Chief of the Saugeen First Nation for four consecutive terms from June 2006 to June 2014. He has worked with First Nation governments across Canada and participated in significant agreements between First Nation communities and provincial and federal governments on energy matters, including issues relating to the development of nuclear facilities, transmission lines, wind energy projects, as well as environmental matters. He has extensive experience in consultation and accommodation related issues and has also been involved in the negotiation and implementation of land claim and self-government agreements and participated in a number of successful impact benefit negotiations. He has also advised First Nations on a range of governance related issues. Randall received his BA (Hon) from York University and his LLB from the University of Toronto.

Every day, Indigenous communities worldwide are working to protect their lands, culture and way of life. An instrumental and inherit right of all Indigenous peoples, Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a process that allows for clear, upfront and respectful involvement between communities and companies/governments/private sectors. While FPIC was created to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples, it also has the ability to foster better business practices for governments and companies.

There over 600 First Nation communities in Canada, and every day, communities deal with issues that directly involve their rights and traditional lands. While Canada has signed onto the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), FPIC is not widely recognized throughout the country. The Free, Prior and Informed Consent Conference 2018: Empowering Our Future will bring this issue to the forefront and create a forum for discussion and sharing.

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