Sharing the Natural Resources Wealth with Indigenous People

Ontario’s Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Indigenous people offers a way forward in finally improving lives and life in embattled communities. Recognizing there are still issues to address, the agreement represents the hard realization of promises made but not kept over the years.
— By Cecil Kartick

Over the decades, the Indigenous people of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) have been exploited in a number of ways. There is really no nice way to say it, and one of the most egregious examples is the exploitation of natural resources on Indigenous lands without sharing the wealth. Over the years, the Federal and Provincial governments addressed the obvious inequity, but the result has been piecemeal agreements within various Provinces and Territories. Ontario took a new approach by negotiating a Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement (RRS) that includes dozens of First Nations communities. Canada realizes huge revenues from forestry and ...

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