Aboriginal Participation in Major Resource Development, Background Paper [Public Policy Forum]

Public Policy Forum
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"The purpose of this paper is to highlight background information on the opportunities and challenges associated with Aboriginal participation in major resource development. The focus is on major resource projects in energy (oil, gas and hydro) and mining sectors in Canada. Aspects covered include the value of natural resource wealth across the country as well as the importance of mining and energy sectors to the national economy; the importance of resource development to Aboriginal Canadians; the benefits that Aboriginal Canadians can bring to the private sector; and the roles various levels of government play. The intent is not to provide a comprehensive examination of the issue, but rather, a higher level survey of the subject. This background information will inform a more detailed discussion of resource development and the potential benefits for Aboriginal communities, businesses and individuals.