Cross-Canada Infrastructure Corridor, The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ‘Meaningful Consultation’

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The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

The purpose of the Program is to provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility of the Canadian Northern Corridor: a network of multi-modal rights-of-way across middle and northern Canada, with an accompanying policy, regulatory and governance structure.

Read more about the concept, here.

While the law is increasingly clear with respect to Crown consultation and accommodation obligations, the context-dependent nature of the legal framework presents significant challenges for pursuit of the corridor project, given its linear and relatively abstract natures. Further, this area of the law is evolving, particularly as governments move toward implementing UNDRIP.

Join Prof. David Wright to hear about his recently published research paper which explores the diverse contexts of Indigenous rights and interests present in Canada today, provides clarity with respect to the concept of “meaningful consultation” in contemporary Canadian jurisprudence, and relates this body of law to the corridor concept.

A copy of his published paper is available for download here.

Series Moderator:

  • Marcia Nelson, Board Member, Alberta Blue Cross, and Executive Fellow, The School of Public Policy and Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary


  • David Wright, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

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