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If the Government Errs, Corporate Losses are Their Own to Bear: Corporate Best Practices for Indigenous Engagement in the Uranium Industry

  • Taymoor M. PilehvarEmail author
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Abstract

Recent case law incentivizes corporations in the Canadian uranium industry to take a proactive role in indigenous consultations. The Canadian Government has a duty to consult indigenous peoples who will be impacted by uranium projects, and certain aspects of that duty, including engaging with the impacted peoples, can be performed by the corporate project proponents. Case law indicates that the Canadian Government is not civilly liable to corporations when inadequate consultation results in costly project delays or other financial losses. Therefore, corporations should adopt an internal policy of best practices to optimize their role in the process. The recommended best practices both increase respect for indigenous rights and decrease the risk of financial loss due to inadequate consultation.

Keywords

Civil Liability Corporate Engagement Impact Benefit Agreement Indigenous Consultations Indigenous Peoples Traditional Ecological Knowledge Uranium 

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© T.M.C. Asser press and the authors 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TulsaUSA

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