The Impact of UNDRIP on Resource Development Projects
Pacific Business & Law Institute (PBLI)
April 27, 2023 Online, BC
Canada’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Act received Royal Assent in June 2021, marking a historic milestone in Canada. This legislation is paving the way for new relationships, agreements, and shared decision-making with Indigenous governments.
Resource developers need to navigate the legal, regulatory, financial, and reputational risks associated with development on traditional Indigenous lands. Many initiatives are underway to resolve expectations between resource developers and Indigenous communities. We will explore how Indigenous communities can use UNDRIP to gain economic participation in resource developments on their traditional lands.
While the law in this area continues to evolve, it also creates opportunities for parties who proactively identify and manage these issues. Our experts will cover the implications of recent court decisions and provide case studies of success stories from both industry and Indigenous communities. Attend this program to stay up to date on the latest developments that will impact current and future projects.
Key Areas Addressed:
The interplay between UNDRIP and the duty to consult
Potential jurisdictional considerations
Free, prior and informed consent
Environmental and impact assessments on major resource projects
Measuring cumulative effects
Implications of the Yahey Decision and the Blueberry River First Nations Implementation Agreement
Case update on the Gitxaala mining case before the BC Supreme Court in April
Consent-based negotiations, effective practices, recent agreements and success stories
Using UNDRIP to further joint decision making
Who Should Attend:
Indigenous leaders, officials, councillors, elders, negotiators, administrators, and advisors
Lawyers practising in the areas of Indigenous law, administrative law, and business law, and lawyers who advise clients on major development projects or environmental issues
Owners, managers, and representatives of resource development companies
Federal, provincial and municipal government officials, policy advisors, and regulatory bodies
Engineering and environmental service firms
Consultants, accountants, financial planners, and others advising on projects involving First Nations
Attend in-person (Downtown Vancouver) or via live webinar.
By phone: 604-730-2500