Aboriginal consultation: the buck stops where?

The ambitious plans of Alberta businesses, particularly those in the energy and natural resources sectors, can sometimes collide with aboriginal claims and traditional legal rights. An effective consultation by industry with the affected aboriginal groups is often the difference between a project’s successful, cost-effective (and, fingers crossed, timely) implementation… or its death by a thousand cuts. That’s the topic for the March 2011 Legal Eagles: When it comes to aboriginal consultation, it pays to do it properly (Alberta Venture).

Featuring Shawn Denstedt, business-side lawyer with the Calgary office of Osler Hoskin and Harcourt LLP, and Edward Molstad, aboriginal-side lawyer from the Edmonton office of Parlee McLaws LLP.

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