The Rocky Road Ahead for Linear Infrastructure Development in Canada: New MLI Paper

OTTAWA, ON (January 28, 2021): The Biden administration’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline has brought renewed focus on the continuing troubles in Canada’s oil and gas sector and its lagging efforts at pipeline development. Indeed, there are worrying signs that other forms of linear infrastructure could prove equally difficult to complete. MLI’s latest publication,… Continue reading The Rocky Road Ahead for Linear Infrastructure Development in Canada: New MLI Paper

The future of Indigenous economic prosperity: New MLI paper by Ken Coates

OTTAWA, ON (November 26, 2020): The COVID-19 pandemic, global economic factors, and domestic policy-making have combined with a devastating effect on Canada’s energy industry. This comes at a crucial juncture for many First Nations communities who have only in recent years begun to experience prosperity from the development of oil and gas resources on their… Continue reading The future of Indigenous economic prosperity: New MLI paper by Ken Coates

Major new study by Ken Coates shows tremendous progress on Indigenous engagement with the resource economy

OTTAWA, ON (August 5, 2020): The Supreme Court of Canada recently dismissed a legal challenge by a small group of First Nations in BC aimed at stopping the TMX pipeline expansion. In so doing, they sent an important signal about the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry in Canada. However, it would be… Continue reading Major new study by Ken Coates shows tremendous progress on Indigenous engagement with the resource economy

The Marshall Decision and The Impact of Two Decades of Commercial Re-Empowerment: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (October 24, 2019): In 1999, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case brought forward by Donald Marshall Jr., finding that the 18th century “peace and friendship” treaties between the British government and Mi’kmaq and Maliseet had to be honoured. The Marshall decision, as its commonly known, resulted in the federal government… Continue reading The Marshall Decision and The Impact of Two Decades of Commercial Re-Empowerment: New MLI Report

Indigenous Access to Capital is Necessary for Reconciliation: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (May 2, 2019): By now, many Canadians understand that an increasing number of Indigenous communities are full partners when it comes to resource development in Canada.  Indeed, several First Nations are considering pursuing partial or even full ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline. However, despite progress, many hurdles remain in place for First… Continue reading Indigenous Access to Capital is Necessary for Reconciliation: New MLI Report

How BC First Nations can benefit from another LNG boom: MLI study by Ken Coates

OTTAWA, ON (April 26, 2018):  BC Premier John Hogan remains firmly opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which has resulted in a very public spat with Alberta. Yet, in contrast to that intransigence, the BC government has also made some important positive steps to improve another sector of the province’s natural resource economy – liquefied… Continue reading How BC First Nations can benefit from another LNG boom: MLI study by Ken Coates

Clarifying the meaning of free, prior and informed consent for Canada: MLI paper by Dwight Newman

Implementing free, prior and informed consent in Canada will be much more complex than many advocates would have you believe OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2017 – The idea of a requirement for free, prior and informed consent by Indigenous communities for resource projects (FPIC), has been a heated subject of debate since Canadian Prime Minister Justin… Continue reading Clarifying the meaning of free, prior and informed consent for Canada: MLI paper by Dwight Newman

Regional assessments are the key to real EA reform: MLI paper by Bram Noble

Environmental Assessment has been missing the big picture, writes Noble. A new process is needed to deal with cumulative development issues and Indigenous needs upfront, allowing for more efficient and effective reviews of individual projects OTTAWA, June 29, 2017 – Many ordinary Canadians, business, governments and Indigenous groups find themselves frustrated with the current environmental… Continue reading Regional assessments are the key to real EA reform: MLI paper by Bram Noble

How to reignite the Ring of Fire and mining in Northern Ontario: MLI paper by Heather Hall and Ken Coates

MLI paper charts a path through the conflict between First Nations, business and government in Northern Ontario’s mining sectors OTTAWA, May 18, 2017 – The potential of the Ring of Fire, a large-scale mineral deposit in Northern Ontario, to bring prosperity to Indigenous communities remains trapped under a simmering conflict. First Nations, governments, and mining… Continue reading How to reignite the Ring of Fire and mining in Northern Ontario: MLI paper by Heather Hall and Ken Coates

Making Aboriginal voices heard in Environmental Assessment: MLI paper by Bram Noble

  MLI paper explores how Environmental Assessment can become an integral part of reconciliation with Aboriginal Canadians OTTAWA, July 5, 2016 – Environmental assessment, the amalgam of consultations and regulatory decisions that governments must conduct to approve or turn down natural resource projects, is now on the front lines of reconciliation between Aboriginal peoples, governments and… Continue reading Making Aboriginal voices heard in Environmental Assessment: MLI paper by Bram Noble