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Partnering with Indigenous Peoples

12 months ago
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How can we work together to most effectively ensure the changes we implement support us on our shared path to reconciliation?

Anne G over 1 year ago
Early engagement with all project stakeholders (those directly impacted by a project). While numerous communities or organizations across the country may want to have a say in a project, focus should be on those directly impacted to ensure local voices are heard and considered. While consultation is an important part of the process, it should be recognized that unanimous consent is not required for a project to be approved.
K Ketilson over 1 year ago
• Support early engagement and working towards consensus with all project stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples, while understanding that unanimous consent is not required before a project may be approved. • Support the federal government’s implementation of UNDRIP in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution and duty to consult jurisprudence as well as Canada’s historical context. • Support the continued delegation of certain procedural aspects of the Crown’s duty to consult to proponents.
Priddis over 1 year ago
Nation to Nation negotiation and evaluation should entail sharing from all the nations not just the nearest nation, otherwise in the future nations that were not part of the process will have grounds for not being part of the process. If Canadians as a society are to have a fair and sharing society the indigenous peoples should do the same. If a project crosses Blood lands, why would the Stoneys not have the right to comment. If they are truly a nation then Indigenous peoples should be commenting as a group and sharing any funding.
C L Hommel over 1 year ago
The simple answer is, to listen harder. Sometimes there are no words or language for the message.
Douglas Macaulay over 1 year ago
I believe one very positive change reflected in the proposed process in the Discussion Paper is changing what has been an expectation of engagement with Indigenous peoples at specific points in the process (consultation periods) into an expectation of partnership throughout the process of impact assessment. What I believe is lacking in the Discussion Paper are recommendations on specific steps - e.g. working tables; joint (proponent - Indigenous peoples) committees - that should become standard for all projects to ensure success.
Karen Whiteside over 1 year ago
Partnering with Indigenous Peoples - Q. How can we work together to most effectively ensure the changes we implement support us on our shared path to reconciliation? The path forward to address the chasm observed between current power and indigenous people securing their right to self determination within the context of meaningful reconciliation seems evident. They should to be afforded the laditude to control what happens on their land and waters and hold equal weighting in decision making. We need to consider the mutual value of transitioning our relationship from patronizing accommodation to one of sharing power, in my humble opinion.
Geoffrey Farmer over 1 year ago
Consultation with all indigenous communities, who know best their traditional lands, would be a first principal On the other hand be mindful that we are dealing with two different cultures each with its own agenda and not necessarily complementary. As an example, despite pious announcements by the Federal Government that their desire is to respect the rights of indigenous peoples.: As an example, Witness the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal already approved by the Trudeau government.
Keepers of the Athabasca over 1 year ago
Non-Indigenous people in Canada also want the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to be upheld. We want recognition for Traditional Knowledge, partnerships with First Nations, and very much improved consultation with First Nations. We are all Treaty peoples and recognize that Traditional Knowledge predates and should inform western science. We draw your attention to 'free prior and informed consent'; where consent is not achieved, the project should not proceed. There are very good reasons for slowing down development on many projects, until the science is a) complete and b) understood, which is not the case today. We don't have time for 'science wars' with scientists bought by industry to provide certain results. This has gone on for too long.The 'considerations' are all good. Please make sure that the proposed 'single government agency' does not get silo-ed, in in active communications with other agencies, regulators, and ECCC, along with the public, First Nations, and project proponents. This is the advantage of open data, and having all updates immediately available on line.
Melanie over 1 year ago
Relationships with First Nations have to be mended and trust with government agencies and industry rebuilt. Providing jobs or money as compensation is not the only answer in getting approval/participation. There should be a balance between more financially minded first nations and conservation minded first nations (i.e., more projects in areas where first nations agree with them and none/less in areas where first nations don't want their land polluted/impacted)
G. Meston over 1 year ago
Fully engage with First Nations and listen to what they say! Integrity is critical.
Andrea Hull over 1 year ago
Listen to the people who know this land and have been stewards of it for thousands of years and actually respect and follow their recommendations not just pay lip service to it. To protect the water, the habitat, and the air for all creatures whose lives depend on it, including humans. We have a global responsibility to do this.
Karen Wonders over 1 year ago
We can support the effort by First Nations to protect their land and waters from industrial destruction. We can show our respect for the wild salmon of the West Coast by banning fish farms. We can stop the export of raw logs and stop the clear cutting of old growth forests.
Sipekne'katik over 1 year ago
1. Expand the Participant Funding Program to ensure there is capacity for Indigenous Peoples to participate in proposed project consultation activities a) prior to project activities, b) prior to approvals, c) and during all project stages. 2. Consultation activities may not occur until after project activities have been underway for sometime with project components well underway and approvals already given. Ensure consultation activities are triggered at the right time.
Jason over 1 year ago
For each application, money must be set aside for independent evaluation for First Nations. I know that in the province in which I live, jobs are in short supply and our provincial government places a high priority on creating work over the requirements of EIAs. In the first submission of the Energy East pipeline, one segment of the assessment was approved with less than 5% of the baseline work completed - which is usually only accepted once it has all been completed. Without oversight, much of these important aspects of EIAs will be shortchanged - allow Indigenous groups to have a proper review of the work completed so that they may have an opportunity to identify any gaps in the process.
Martha Jo (MJ) Willard over 1 year ago
1. First examination of a project for regional assessments must consult regional Indigenous environmentalists who understand the region in depth2. Protect the confidentiality of Indigenous knowledge where appropriate (e.g. sacred site locations) But by knowledge, use their knowledge of ecology of the region3. Increase economic participation of Indigenous peoples4. Recognize Indigenous jurisdiction, laws, practices and governance systems5. Better recognition of Indigenous environmental knowledge, jurisdiction, laws and practices6. Expanding the role of Indigenous peoples in the monitoring of pipeline and other energy infrastructure from construction to decommissioning7. Although the goals of industry, government, Indigenous groups, conservation associations and other stakeholders may diverge consider Indigenous knowledge and reasons with highest priority
Jane over 1 year ago
• I respect and support Indigenous communities rights to build nation-to-nation, Inuit-to-Crown, government-to-government relationships and Indigenous and Inuit privacy and for securing economic, social and political opportunities for their communities. • There are Indigenous peoples and communities who support clean energy and Indigenous peoples and communities who support the oil and gas sector. And there are conflicts within Indigenous communities over these decisions. How will these two views and conflicts be defined and considered in the new NEB and in reconciliation and partnership with non-indigenous Canadians?
Ahava over 1 year ago
Listen carefully to the Indigenous Peoples. They are saying no to Kinder Morgan. They said not to Site C. DO NOT say yeas after Indigenous People have said No. DO Not ignore their court cases against projects. Recognize that they are speaking loud and clear. Hear them.
Jim Culp over 1 year ago
How can First Nations and the Federal Government work together. It starts with developing trust. Unfortunately the Federal Government speaks with a forked tongue on one hand it wants to forge alliances and on the other it breaks them. Approving the Peace River Site C hydro dam project when aboriginal people from the Peace River area were involved in court cases over the dam construction and over what they believe are broken Treaty rights is difficult to understand. As well the PETRONAS LNG project was approved by the Federal government while serious First Nations issues were at play including total rejection by some to the project proceeding. The fight over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion involves First Nations rights and again the Federal Government has approved that project while those issues have not been resolved. From my point of view the Federal Government must some how gain back respect before it can legitimately seek a respectful partnership with First Nations and how can it do that with those three outstanding issues getting in the way.
Anne Learn Sharpe over 1 year ago
Interact with Indigenous peoples on a nation-to-nation basis. Respect their land rights. Respect the treaties and fulfill their promises. Make opportunities for dialogue mandatory. Create opportunities for Indigenous people to benefit economically and environmentally when projects are near their lands. Incorporate Indigenous knowledge and world view in any decisions on projects that will affect them.
Onni Milne over 1 year ago
The first step is to move beyond public relations spin and talk of "reconciliation" to ensure that First Nations are actually included in decision making. At this time, Justin Trudeau follows the usual government line of approving projects in spite of First Nations opposition. As a signatory to UNDRIP, Canada agreed to Free, Prior and Informed Consent by First Nations before any decision is made on their territory. It is time to honour the signature on that international agreement. It is time to follow Tom Berger's process during the McKenzie pipeline discussion. He and his process are examples of effective role models.
Connie Duchene over 1 year ago
Reconciliation cannot happen until the Canadian government recognizes Indigenous populations as decision-makers regarding their territories. In other words, YOU cannot implement changes without building partnership and an economic relationship with them. It is not acceptable to allow corporations to get rich off their lands while they live in poverty.
Kim deLagran over 1 year ago
We must work from the point of view that Indigenous Nations are sovereign and as such we have to negotiate so that their wishes for their lands are honored
Christine Cavan over 1 year ago
When Justin Trudeau was running for election he stressed the importance of promoting a respectful nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations and restoring the integrity of Canada's environmental assessment procedures. It is necessary to develop a federal policy framework for radioactive waste management that adheres to international standards and involves input from First Nations and all whose livelihood, health and safety would be compromised by injudicious and lethal locations of radioactive waste.
Evelyn Scott over 1 year ago
As above, all projects need to be planned in partnership with the Indigenous people traditional holding that territory, as per our treaty requirements. To ensure indigenous engagement assessment and planning of these projects needs to result in co-management with the original peoples of the land.
Wendy W. over 1 year ago
How can there be a shared path to reconciliation when the indigenous people of BC have had to band together to take the government to court just to be heard? The first step is to recognize that indigenous lands belong to the indigenous peoples. The federal and provincial government cannot just decide to run projects through their lands without their permission. Until this fundamental fact is accepted, there can be no meaningful dialogue. First Nations peoples have offered their knowledge about fish habitat, water and wildlife. Our governments simply have to stop, listen and learn.
Alexander Quaglia over 1 year ago
Working together is only possible with mutual respect and with equal rights. No special attributes or privileges to any of the parties. Respect for the law of the land and an open way to participate in the political process.
John D. Jacobs, PhD over 1 year ago
Through patient, open dialogue at all stages.
Charlene Minifie over 1 year ago
Stop giving lip-service only to Indigenous Peoples. Actually listen to what they are saying and don't trump lives for profit.
Judith Sharp over 1 year ago
I believe the best changes will be made if the Chiefs of each Native Tribe is included in any discussion that takes place.
Ian Bonyun almost 2 years ago
Stop walking all over them!!!! Is is really that complicated? DON'T RAM PIPELINES THROUGH THEIR TERRITORY!! Listen to them and respect them.
Ian Bonyun almost 2 years ago
Stop walking all over them!!!! Is is really that complicated? DON'T RAM PIPELINES THROUGH THEIR TERRITORY (
Nicole Corrado almost 2 years ago
Actually work with them. Hire them for environmental jobs. They know their stuff.
Betsy Johnston almost 2 years ago
I fully support R. Richardson: Canada has and continues to treat Indigenous people as if they settled in our country. Treaties have been violated in favour of corporations.Make your promises mean something, to the Indigenous people and the other citizens of Canada. So far the most important election promises have been broken. Is the Liberal party just a shadow of the Conservatives?
Nancy Crozier almost 2 years ago
Just listen to our Indigenous People's and allow them a meaningful place on the decision-making process.Support the knowledge of the land they have stewarded for longer than the colonials have been here.
Susan E. Match almost 2 years ago
Easy, start listening to the indigenous and respecting what they say. Of course the funders of Liberals and Conservatives won't like this. But Trudeau has children - how can you set this horrible future in place just so the rich, tax supported companies make more money?!
Marilyn Shaw almost 2 years ago
Try to ensure that you are actually partnering with good indigenous people interested in the common good for all, both present and future. As with any group of people, there are good, mediocre, and bad people. And realize that there are many different groups of indigenous people and each group has its own focus and agenda. You need to include more than just one or two groups; you need to be more representative than that.
Joseph Fall almost 2 years ago
Respect. You should be asking this question directly to the First Nations peoples. Many of us, particularly in the West, live and work on their unceded traditional territories. They should defined the shared path to reconciliation in their own terms -- any other way is simply more of the same colonial thinking that got us here in the first place.
Kim Charlesworth almost 2 years ago
Treat First Nations like equal partners. Fully adopt the terms of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. First Nations have the right to free prior and informed consent regarding decisions that impact their traditional territories. Reconciliation is built on some economic stability for indigenous and respect for the land.
R Thomas almost 2 years ago
Co-management of natural resources such as rivers and forests. It's already being done successfully all over the country and gives Indigenous communities rights and responsibilities partnered with a provincial or regional agency.
Ken Forster Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate almost 2 years ago
Fully adopt the terms of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. First Nations have the right to free prior and informed consent regarding decisions that impact their traditional territories. Reconciliation is built on some economic stability for indigenous and respect for the land.
Maureen McGuire almost 2 years ago
This process is frustrating. The present federal government should be ashamed of itself. You are snubbing all Canadians and handing our environment to corporations. Justine Trudeau should change his name to Justine Harper.The answer to these questions has been asked. Do not ignore the request to overhaul the NEB and move it to Ottawa.
Roger Richardson almost 2 years ago
Canada has and continues to treat Indigenous people as if they settled in our country. Treaties have been violated in favour of corporations.Make your promises mean something, to the Indigenous people and the other citizens of Canada. So far the most important election promises have been broken. Is the Liberal party just a shadow of the Conservatives?
Dan Carpenter almost 2 years ago
keep your election promise. To do otherwise suggests that you don't care about the concerns of Canadians that voted for you, that you can't be trusted to keep your word and that you are willing to put the interest of industry before the well being and future of our environment.
DOROTHY D almost 2 years ago
Sponsor a panel of non-indigenous and indigenous people to meet regularly over a period of a year to discuss ideas and learn from each other. Too often decisions are made by people within the government after a patronizing consultation with indigenous communities. Reconciliation can only happen when we meet straight across the table, not keeping the government at the head with control over the menu and the outcome. BC had the Citizen's Assembly in 2004 to meet for a year and consider the options for electoral reform. This model would be good to use in reconciliation because it uses a consensus model to creating change in the status quo.
Sharon Leighton almost 2 years ago
Take them seriously. Take the cause of restorative justice seriously. Give them any unused Crown land - or rather return it to them, as it, and all the other land, actually belongs to them. Refuse to let one single project go ahead until the indigenous peoples in the area have agreed to it.
Timothy Bartoo almost 2 years ago
Fully adopt the terms of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into federal law. First Nations have the right to free prior and informed consent regarding decisions that impact their traditional territories.
Bill Henderson C.M. almost 2 years ago
Please respect and adopt all of your expert panels’ recommendations on this matter
Jess Harding almost 2 years ago
First, implement UNDRIP as promised…. Second, ensure long-term commitment and accountability in all agreements, including accountability right through to beneficial owners.... Third, set high standards for environment and social issues. Very high. Not to reconcile past issues, but deep commitment and accountability to future generations….. Fourth, ensure clarity and transparency through proven, international standards, accountable and auditable on the international stage, e.g. EITI,, not just some local, made-in-Canada rules.... Real commitment to change necessitates public commitment. As a nation we should be proud to make this commitment to our peers, the international community. If we fail to do so, what does it say about our commitment? What does it say about us?
Dale Kelly almost 2 years ago
I copied this over, because it said everything that I wanted to say.If you want to ensure any changes you implement are in tandem with reconciliation, prioritize meaningful consultation with Indigenous nations over pandering to the resource extraction industry. More specifically, actually implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Recognize that Indigenous Peoples are entitled to free, prior and informed consent over resource extraction projects on their traditional territories. Put an end to the practice of pressuring Indigenous nations to negotiate away their Aboriginal title through extremely costly and lengthy land claims negotiations. The government should be recognizing Aboriginal rights and title over traditional territories, rather than seeking to extinguish it.With regards to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, simply restore the act to its status before Harper's destruction of it. Forcing Indigenous nations to go through a bureaucratic process to protect individual waterways, rather than having a blanket protection for all waterways, is overly burdensome and unfair. This is not how you engage in reconciliation.
Colin Creasey almost 2 years ago
I copied this over, because it said everything that I wanted to say.If you want to ensure any changes you implement are in tandem with reconciliation, prioritize meaningful consultation with Indigenous nations over pandering to the resource extraction industry. More specifically, actually implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Recognize that Indigenous Peoples are entitled to free, prior and informed consent over resource extraction projects on their traditional territories. Put an end to the practice of pressuring Indigenous nations to negotiate away their Aboriginal title through extremely costly and lengthy land claims negotiations. The government should be recognizing Aboriginal rights and title over traditional territories, rather than seeking to extinguish it.With regards to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, simply restore the act to its status before Harper's destruction of it. Forcing Indigenous nations to go through a bureaucratic process to protect individual waterways, rather than having a blanket protection for all waterways, is overly burdensome and unfair. This is not how you engage in reconciliation.
Greg Taylor almost 2 years ago
By respecting their wishes and not approving pipelines they oppose. The Kinder Morgan approval was done without redoing the environmental assessment(which Trudeau promised), and while there were still ongoing court cases involving First Nations. It was pretty clear here that First Nations concerns were well down the priority list.
Clement Kent almost 2 years ago
Have a formal method to ensure Indigenous participation. Proactively inform bands of projects impating their area. Make sure all bands have web access to be able to make submissions without expensive plane travel to meetings.
Bonnie Sokoloski almost 2 years ago
Don't just pretend to listen, listen honestly, and take what you hear under serious consideration, then act accordingly. Explain your decisions in plain language and invite feedback. When you put out opportunities for feedback and input, do a better job of ensuring the general population is made aware. This " discussion paper" is a prime example. How many people know this even exists? You can't claim to have engaged people if the opportunities are not publicized.
NJohnson almost 2 years ago
this is supposed to be reconciliation with first nations. Whereas the Gitxsan have existed as a sovereign people on the lax yip since time immemorial with complex, sovereign and sustainable governance systems.Whereas the Gitxsan continue to have never ceded title to their land, resources and sovereignty Whereas the governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to take resources without treaty, compensation or from informed and prior consent.Whereas the great concern that decisions and agreements are being made on behalf of the Gitxsan Nation that are outside the authority of the individuals, groups or organizations making them.Whereas there is great hope and confidence that the governments and first nations form a unified governance organization that is accountable to all.
Mairy Beam almost 2 years ago
Stop forcing the First Nations to give up their sovereignty with your so-called 'certainty' clause. Enter into true negotiations with all peoples. Drop the requirement in BC to have First Nations repay negotiating costs if negotiations fail. Be respectful. Stop undermining grass roots First Nations organizations as documented so well in Unsettling Canada. Affirm UNDRIP. Honour section 32 of the Canadian Constitution.
Peter Moller almost 2 years ago
Our indigenous peoples were here before the non-indigenous. We must respect their priority and listen to their concerns. If an indigenous community occupies a particular area and do not want their lands developed, we must respect that.
Jay Bailey almost 2 years ago
Affirm the UNDRIP and incorporate its principles into our policies and procedures. Don't waste taxpayers' money fighting against those principles.
Fred Feenstra almost 2 years ago
We must embrace the earth and every living thing with a profound sense of humility, reverence and respect . Why do most humans find this so hard?
Tyler Levitan almost 2 years ago
If you want to ensure any changes you implement are in tandem with reconciliation, prioritize meaningful consultation with Indigenous nations over pandering to the resource extraction industry. More specifically, actually implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Recognize that Indigenous Peoples are entitled to free, prior and informed consent over resource extraction projects on their traditional territories. Put an end to the practice of pressuring Indigenous nations to negotiate away their Aboriginal title through extremely costly and lengthy land claims negotiations. The government should be recognizing Aboriginal rights and title over traditional territories, rather than seeking to extinguish it.With regards to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, simply restore the act to its status before Harper's destruction of it. Forcing Indigenous nations to go through a bureaucratic process to protect individual waterways, rather than having a blanket protection for all waterways, is overly burdensome and unfair. This is not how you engage in reconciliation.
R Procyk almost 2 years ago
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Patricia Rogerson almost 2 years ago
Indigenous Peoples in Canada are a group of many different and diverse communities. They do not speak with one voice but many voices. Each community must be addressed according to its regular method of communicating and making decisions. You are going to someone else's community, you speak their language and respect their customs and decision-making methods. So not expect success if you impose your own. s
Luc almost 2 years ago
For one, stop using tax revenue to fight indigenous land claims. Abolish the Indian Act. Step outside the colonizer's perspective that the Canadian state has rights over the lands, persons, and customs of other nations.
Jacqueline Steffen almost 2 years ago
Respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, requiring free and informed consent for any project on traditional territories. Reconciliation is truly a national process that will require tremendous efforts by all Canadians – and across all orders of government. All city/provincial and federal leaders must commit to moving in a new direction and in rebuilding the Nation to Nation relationship.
Rebecca Weigand almost 2 years ago
Respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, requiring free and informed consent for any project on Indigenous traditional territories.
Gordon almost 2 years ago
By all means indigenous people should have a say in a project if it will impact their community, but they should not be able to withhold approval or hold a project to ransom.
Al Spiess almost 2 years ago
When you enter into a partnership you enter into it with the idea that your partner is willing to do what is in the best interest of the business. Canada is for all intended purposes a business with a diverse business culture! We must move forward with Indigenous land claims and treaty reconciliations. However bad some of the past Indigenous policies were there where many that were intended in good spirit. Both parties (government and indigenous people) share some of the successes and failures. Let's move forward with what is best for our country. Trying to right old wrongs is impossible, making new fair progressive policies is possible and the correct thing to do.
Andrew Adams almost 2 years ago
The federal government should not be using resource project reviews as a process for working out the government's treaty dealings with indigenous people. The government of Canada has a mandate to settle treaty rights with indigenous people separately from resource project reviews. To me the failure to work out these treaty arrangements is one source of the problem with incorporating indigenous people's input into the review process at the proper stage and to an adequate level.
JACK MEYER almost 2 years ago
As we say do you wish to be part of the future or be a person who holds back progress.
Earl Matheson almost 2 years ago
We must recognize that we are ALL immigrants. The creation and administration of Canada's policies must be based on fairness and equality and not guilt.
J. Walker almost 2 years ago
Spend time building relationships ... based on respect and trust. Develop partnerships and engage Indigenous peoples to share history, traditions, art, culture, etc.
Angela Watt almost 2 years ago
We were already doing that. If we would make illegal the foreign money from organization like the Tides Foundation and their ilk, natives wouldn't be protesting because there would be no money in it and the businesses created by the indigenous people would continue to thrive - now, most are bankrupt due to some silly Climate Change ideology which is totally not based on science.
n nLinc almost 2 years ago
Let me first say that treaties are just a way of establishing trust for a limited result, who would say this is our mindset of moving forward as a rich resource based country we must comprehend the differences of indigenous reserve land and or territory to our own canadian land and make them both progress forward in the same matter while still comprehending the differences within our cultures.