Once, the Canadian businesses mined valuable resources on Aboriginal lands without considering impacts on communities. Today, Canadians are realizing that empowered Aboriginals hold some of the keys to achieving sustainability.
By Debra Jenkins
Most people in Western societies take collective self-determination for granted because it is one of the basic principles of democracy. For Canadian Aboriginals, self-determination has not been possible because the federal government controlled valuable lands and resources, giving businesses the right to destroy and extract natural resources in the interest of profit and satisfying the needs of the general population.