Brian Lee Crowley has some advice for natural resource companies and First Nations groups: “We need to stop focusing on the individual projects".
Instead of allowing pipelines like Northern Gateway to dominate the conversation, he told the Vancouver Sun, we should be paying more attention to the ground rules governing relations between First Nations and the natural resource companies hoping to develop their lands.
All parties should agree on a general operating framework and then go from there, he said.
“Those ground rules can thereafter serve as precedents”, writes columnist Barbara Yaffe.
Click here to read the full column, which discusses relationships between First Nations and natural resource development companies in British Columbia.