Canadian law has long recognized the rights of aboriginal peoples, sometimes called First Nations, as the first occupiers of the land. With the founding of Canada in 1867 constitutional powers were...more
Two important new reports focus on land tenure conflicts between companies and communities.
In September, the Rights and Resources Initiative released a report entitled, “Global Capital, Local Concessions: A...more
The International Council of Mining & Metals (“ICMM”) recently released a position statement on indigenous peoples and mining that explicitly requires its 22 member companies to work to obtain the free, prior, and informed...more
Indigenous peoples developed sustainable land tenure systems over countless generations, but these customary systems of rights are barely used by American Indian tribes today. Would increasing formal recognition of these...more
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I. Executive Summary...4
II. The Evolution of Free, Prior, And Informed Consent in International Law and Voluntary Initiatives...9
A. International Legal Standards...9
B. Standards Directly Applicable to...more
Unresolved issues concerning Aboriginal rights and title are creating problems for the business community across Canada. Businesses operate best in environments where legal rights and rules are known and respected.
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