The Role of Impact and Benefits Agreements in the Resolution of Project Issues with First Nations

Volume 51, No 2 ISSN: 1925-8356   |   Courtesy of Canadian Energy Law Edition   |    View Original

Authors: Brad Gilmour, Bruce Mellett

Energy sector development in Canada frequently involves the need to address First Nations and other Aboriginal interests when government permits or approvals for facilities are involved. Impact and benefits agreements (IBAs) can play a meaningful role in the reconciliation of the interests and ambitions of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. This article explores the potential advantages and challenges of working toward agreement to resolve First Nations concerns on a proposed project and also discusses the importance of a robust regulatory process in reaching such agreements.

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