The Economic Sector supports opportunities for meaningful dialogue towards First Nations involvement in Canada’s energy sector. The opportunities and the regulation that accompany the development and transmission of energy resources are of great interest to First Nations.
The Chiefs-in-Assembly have passed numerous resolutions that mandate the AFN secretariat to work to ensure that First Nations rights and territorial integrity are respected in each and every circumstance. The focus of this work is on First Nations’ approaches to economic and energy development and the role, rights and jurisdiction (including consent requirements) of First Nations in development regulation to ensure environmental protection and sustainable, responsible development.
The Economic Sector supports the need to re-examine federal and provincial and territorial regulatory regimes to properly take into account First Nations inherent rights and title, including the right to self-determination recognized under international human rights law.
Revenue and benefit sharing, regional/national development planning, engagement approaches by industry, the First Nations work force, capital markets, and financial instruments are areas of substantive work. The federal government’s agenda for greening the economy presents unique opportunities for First Nations governments, individuals and businesses.