VANCOUVER SUN – Opinion: First Nations communities rising to the challenge of resource projects

JULY 7, 2015

Resource development companies across British are making major proposals that collectively have the potential to reshape our province. To move ahead, each of these must clear a rigorous set of government-driven environmental approvals.

Just as important, these projects must also reach agreements with First Nations. This has always been the case, but for companies seeking certainty in the wake of a recent landmark Supreme Court ruling — the William decision, which for the first time recognized Aboriginal Title — these agreements are more important than ever before.

This is a positive development for First Nations people across British Columbia in many ways. First Nations have a deep and historic connection to the land, and it is important for our values to be reflected when decisions are being made about major projects.

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