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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Oilsands Diplomacy: January 22-24, 2014

Just one month after my presentation in Ft. McMurray at the “Energy and the Oilsands Conference” (co-sponsored by Ft. McKay First Nation and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business) the biggest roadblock holding up the next major oilsands project was amicably resolved. That conference was a remarkable display of sophisticated First Nation empowerment that skillfully brought about a major...

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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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Recent Media References and Commentary 2013

Resource Rulers continues to garner media commentary right across the country. It’s been available on Amazon since January 2013 when its arrival coincided with: a) the breakdown in dialogue between the AFN and the PMO, b) Chief Spence’s ‘hunger strike’ and resulting media frenzy, c) and the surprising rise of the grassroots ‘Idle No More’ protest movement. In fact, the combination of...

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NationTalk Interview with Bill Gallagher

NationTalk Interview with Bill Gallagher

DECEMBER 4, 2012 – While attending the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, I was interviewed by NationTalk’s Andre Morriseau. It’s not every day that one is asked by the National Chief of the AFN to address a large delegation of native leaders – who as it turned out – have just returned from an impromptu native empowerment demonstration in the foyer and on...

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Attawapiskat’s Secondary Economy

The Victor diamond mine, 90 kilometers west of Attawapiskat, saw its royalties effectively double just as it approached production. The increase occurred without prior discussion, buried deep in the Liberal Government’s budget of Spring 2007. According to De Beers: “As of May 22, 2007, diamonds were taxed at 10%, and the Victor Mine was recognized as a remote project and eligible for...

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