Top Ten ‘Resource Rulers’ National News Connotations

In keeping with my Resource Rulers approach, here are 10 (evolving) events that I profiled over a year ago as having the potential to decide resource sector outcomes: 10. Premiers Dunderdale and Redford both walked-the-plank having run Tory governments that were (are) mired in resources controversy and native litigation. Might it have been different had they paid more attention to that key...

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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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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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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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