Canadian infrastructure projects need “participation of Indigenous groups”

October 29, 2020

Valerie Helbronner has spoken with Lexpert on the continued importance of Indigenous consultation and participation in the successful development of infrastructure projects in Canada.

The article reports on the issues raised by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs in respect of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in late-2019 and early-2020. Although public attention has been diverted elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic, infrastructure projects are set to play a key role in Canada’s economic recovery. Valerie points out that in these upcoming infrastructure projects, “the role and participation of Indigenous groups… is going to be fundamentally important”.

To find out more on the importance of active participation from Indigenous groups on Canadian infrastructure projects, read our bulletin “Getting projects built during the pandemic: The continued importance of relationships with Indigenous peoples”, which was authored by Valerie Helbronner, Mark Bain, Adam Banack, and Ryan Lax.

You can also tune into our webinar “Meaningful relationships, successful projects: Indigenous involvement in projects in Canada” on November 10 for insight on how building strong relationships with Indigenous proponents is a critical point of focus to the success of many projects in Canada.

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