The Sudbury Star – Ontario ‘on roadway’ to dialogue on resource extraction

Finally some important progress made in Ontario’s Ring of Fire – nice to see! Carol Mulligan was kind enough to interview me as part of a recent article in The Sudbury Star. Read The Sudbury Star article

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New Prosperity Mine – Native Legal Win # 191

The Order in Council that gave this ill-executed project the ‘thumbs-down’ comes from the highest authority in government – the federal cabinet. Thus the ministerial order, following a quasi-judicial regulatory outcome, is akin to a major court ruling. It’s a huge win for the native side. This outcome followed a concerted lobbing effort by industry, politicians, and local interests...

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PDAC Keynote Speaker on March 3, 2014

I’m honoured to be a Keynote Speaker at 2014 Prospectors and Developers (PDAC) annual conference Monday March 03 at 10:10 am. My presentation will address: “Aboriginal Empowerment in the Resource Sector”. Please visit the PDAC website for more details and to add the session to your...

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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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