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Policy Briefing: Territorial Development
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced May 10 that Canada would adopt and implement the UN declaration 'without qualification.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parsing what the UN indigenous rights declaration could mean for Canada

Experts say Canada’s agreement to implement the UN declaration could help strengthen indigenous peoples’ control over natural resources on their lands.
Northern development is about respecting the traditional way of life in the North, including taking action to protect and conserve the unique environment and wildlife that Northerners rely on.
The North is markedly different than the rest of Canada, and achieving success for NWT residents requires recognition of the unique circumstances we face.
Highways, land claims, community engagement, training, and strategic investments in local economies are all needed to develop the North for the benefit of its residents and Canada.
Yukon has some of the world’s best mineral potential. It would be foolish to turn our backs on it.
It would bring us on the road to realizing Diefenbaker’s vision of accessing a corridor rich in mineral potential.
Community well-being must be considered when weighing resource projects, says Nunavut premier.
Many will be surprised to learn that there are more than two economic models that exist in this vast and diverse land.

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