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New federal Indigenous policy framework high on respect for Indigenous knowledge in consultation, but nil on veto power – National Observer

October 6th 2022

A new Indigenous Policy Framework for Project Reviews and Regulatory Decisions will put Indigenous knowledge on par with western science in environmental and regulation assessments.

But the move toward greater Indigenous collaboration stops short at giving veto power to Indigenous communities.

Erin Gilmer, director of Indigenous policy at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, wouldn’t answer questions about veto power. Instead, she said the framework consistently applies Indigenous knowledge provisions to assessments and that it is a “positive step forward in fulfilling our commitment to reconciliation, upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and meeting the objectives in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), including provisions to free, prior and informed consent.”

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