Speaking to the Hill Times, MLI Senior Fellow Ken Coates says a recent Supreme Court decision that expands Aboriginal land title rights will force natural resource companies to adopt a new approach to Aboriginal relations.

Far from erecting more obstacles to future resource development, however, Coates argues that the ruling presents an opportunity for a relationship "that’s based on partnership as opposed to consider First Nations as roadblocks to development".

Coates, who recently authored an op-ed on the subject, also appeared on CJOB 680 AM to discuss the Supreme Court ruling. To listen to the interview, click here and listen to July 4 at 9:05 p.m.