Increasing Aboriginal Participation in Major Resource Projects

Not all Aboriginal groups agree with the existence, direction or pace of current and proposed natural resource development projects. However, it is abundantly clear that – where consensus can be reached – the viability and long-term success of these opportunities increasingly depend on Aboriginal communities and industry working together. Indeed, in the view of the NAEDB, increasing the participation of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in major projects as equity partners, entrepreneurs and workers is the most effective way to see these economic opportunities move ahead and help close the socio-economic gaps between Aboriginal and nonAboriginal Canadians.

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