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The potential for economic reconciliation through meaningful Indigenous-industry relationships –

This Op-Ed was originally published by Ottawa’s The Hill Times on June 17, 2019. It is written by The Conference Board’s Stefan Fournier and Candice Shaw.

Key Canadian sectors and organizations have a genuine opportunity to improve relationships with First Nation, Inuit and Metis people across the country. And there is an increasingly promising array of developments, tools and frameworks to accomplish this.

With its 94 Calls to Action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report provides a clear and robust framework for improved relations with Indigenous groups. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) offers further guidance on where and how the country can do better. For their part, recent court cases such as Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia that established Aboriginal land title, or Daniels vs Canada, which clarified jurisdictional responsibilities surrounding the Metis, are strengthening recognition and respect for Indigenous rights and interests. Meanwhile, proposed revisions to environmental assessment legislation could also work to establish more equitable, constructive relationships.

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