Blueberry River, Ermineskin and Grassy Mountain: Implications for Indigenous Rights and Resource Development
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A handful of recent court decisions are once again reshaping how Indigenous rights impact resource development in Canada. These include the Blueberry River First Nation’s victory in its argument that the Government of BC had failed to account for the cumulative impact of industrial development on the nation’s treaty and aboriginal rights in its approvals process; the Ermineskin Cree Nation’s victory in halting a designation order on a coal mine after the federal government failed to consult them; and the forthcoming appeals by the Piikani and Stoney Nakoda First Nations on the failure of the review board to consult them in rejecting the Grassy Mountain coal project.
This panel will look at the context of each case and what victory means for each of the respective First Nations, before assessing the implications for Canada’s challenging regulatory environment going forward.
- Councillor Robin Ewaskow, Blueberry River First Nation
- Ryan Robb, CEO, Stoney Tribal Administration
- Carol Wildcat, Consultation Director, Ermineskin Cree Nation
- Prof. Dwight Newman, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law
- Heather Exner-Pirot, Research Advisor, Indigenous Resource Network