Appearing on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the author of a recently released MLI report on governments’ duty to consult with Aboriginals says the constitutional doctrine presents opportunities for a new era of cooperation on natural resource projects.

University of Saskatchewan professor Dwight Newman made the comments while speaking to APTN’s Nation to Nation about his paper, titled “The Rule and Role of Law: The duty to consult, Aboriginal communities and the Canadian natural resource sector”.

Newman told host Nigel Newlove that, while the duty to consult presents an opportunity, misinterpretations from Aboriginal groups and politicians have the potential to cause problems.

“There are a lot of misunderstandings about just what the law says right now, and I think there are misunderstandings on all sides of that”, Newman said.

To watch the full interview, click here.