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Community buy-in is critical when talking major project development on Indigenous territory – Windspeaker

April 9th, 2024

Jason Batise is a firm believer in laying all his cards out on the table.

Batise is the executive director of the Wabun Tribal Council, which represents six Ojibwe and Cree First Nations in northern Ontario.

Batise was a panelist at a session titled The Renewable Energy Journey at the Indigenous Led Projects Forum held in Toronto in early April.

The two-day event, which concluded April 3, was staged at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

During his afternoon presentation April 2, Batise said representatives from Indigenous communities need to be transparent with their industry partners and inform them of all their wishes and demands up front about projects being developed on their lands.

The Wabun Tribal Council represents the First Nations of Beaverhouse, Brunswick House, Chapleau Ojibwe, Flying Post, Matachewan and Mattagami.

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