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Why land investors should understand Indigenous rights – Advisor’s Edge

Time, patience and co-operation keys to successful developments with First Nation groups

Land development deals can involve territory owned or shared by First Nations, so investors can minimize risk by understanding how developers work with Indigenous communities.

As the First Nations Major Project Coalition noted in a recent white paper, nearly every major development project “will involve Indigenous rights in some manner, particularly if it involves land or natural resources.”

Developers, lawyers, architects and others who work on deals involving shared or disputed land say the first and most important part of the process — which can safeguard investments in the long run — is discussion and consultation with First Nations.

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