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First Nations expect reconciliation to continue after federal election –

From 1927 to 1951, First Nations people were not allowed to hire lawyers or pursue land claims. Others could be jailed for helping them raise legal funds.

Now, First Nations across Canada have racked up a winning streak of 209 successful court cases on land-title and rights — and other cases are in progress.

It all means that you really can’t do business on Indigenous land without consent. Courts have held that “consultation and accommodation” are vital elements to be delivered before governments can give a green light to a resource project.

First Nations have begun to move beyond just “having a say.” And we have moved beyond simple Impact Benefit Agreements. We First Nations now are becoming investors and partners in gas and LNG development.

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