A focus on Indigenous peoples

Proposed New Federal Impact Assessment System

The Government of Canada has put forward new legislation proposing better rules for a federal impact assessment system that: advances reconciliation; respects the rights and culture of Indigenous peoples; and protects and ensures mandatory consideration of Indigenous knowledge.

Partnerships with Indigenous peoples would be guided by the principles of reconciliation, recognizing and respecting their rights and interests, and their deep connection to their lands, territories and resources.

The new impact assessment system has been informed by what we heard from Indigenous peoples over the last 14 months and is based on:

Respecting the Crown-Indigenous Relationship

Broadening the Scope of Federal Impact Assessment

Ensuring Early and Ongoing Participation in Assessments

Strengthening Intergovernmental Cooperation

Strengthening Transparency and Public Participation

Considering Indigenous Knowledge and Science

Addressing Cumulative Effects

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