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Consent, Indigenous Rights and the Tahltan Agreement – First Peoples Law

July 6, 2022

Last month the Tahltan Nation and the Government of BC entered into a landmark agreement setting out a process for consent-based decision-making in respect of the Eskay Creek mine in northwest BC.

As the first of its kind under the provincial Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the agreement will have important implications for other Indigenous Nations seeking to implement their own decision-making processes in relation to the use and development of their lands and resources.

In 2019 BC enacted the Declaration Act setting out a framework to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In the same year, BC introduced new requirements for environmental assessments for proposed resource development projects under the Environmental Assessment Act.

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