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We can make business-First Nations partnerships work

By Jahangir Valiani      

Agreements based on common interest can provide real opportunity for Indigenous communities.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, left, and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett are leading the government's consultations, negotiations, and legal wrangling with First Nations over the rights and duties involved in the government-First Nations relationship. Rights are important, but deals can often be struck between First Nations and businesses based primarily on aligned interests, writes Jahangir Valiani. The Hill Times file photograph
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In two important decisions this summer, Canada’s highest court provided long-awaited clarity on the Crown’s duty to consult on energy projects that affect the rights of Indigenous peoples. This clarity is welcome, but it may not last long as the discussion of Indigenous rights now continues in the political arena. Meanwhile, another conversation is developing to improve the quality of life of Canada’s Indigenous people now, by implementing the lessons learned from successful Indigenous communities. The two Supreme

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