Resource Rulers Book Reviews in Early 2014

Two important and independent book reviews of Resource Rulers, both representing a generation younger than the author, have recently issued and are surprisingly insightful. Here’s the take by editor owner Lisa Charleyboy of Urban Native Magazine. Read Lisa’s review. Resource Rulers gave me a great sense of understanding of this intersection and the important role that Aboriginal people...

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Ring of Fire – Winter Recap

Over the winter I wrote two articles on the ill-fated Ring of Fire for Wawatay. The first article had to do with matching the Cliffs project to Voisey’s Bay; and for skeptics in the mining industry who don’t believe ‘history repeats’. Read the article on Republic of Mining – Ring of Fire: Voisey’s Bay replay. Both the Voisey’s Bay and Ring of Fire projects were discovered by...

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Quebec vs Newfoundland: The Hydropower Race to Market

There are no coincidences on the road to resources! Premier Dunderdale resigned on the same day Grand Chief Coon Come assumed an expanded (Cree) jurisdictional role. As a result, Quebec continues to leapfrog ahead of its faltering competitor. Read the full article on First Perspective –  Quebec v. Labrador: natives and the hydropower sweepstakes. Here was realpolitik at play: Quebec was...

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Native Legal Win #190

There’s little doubt that the native legal winning-streak will attain # 200 in 2014. Here’s legal win # 190, notable as it’s in Treaty 8, the treaty that hosts the oilsands: Implications for Alberta’s Oilsands (external link). The oilsands implication is this: the court spends pages reviewing and summarizing Treaty 8 legal precepts (duty to consult, honour of the crown, and key...

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Three More Native Legal Wins in Fisheries

Not every native legal win qualifies. Having said that they are still native wins! Read my full article on First Perspective – Three More Native Legal Wins in Fisheries (but I’m not counting them!). Taken together, these three fishery rulings, on both coasts, show that natives are assuming their new mantle as ‘Resource Rulers’ in a responsible and fair-minded fashion. It appears,...

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