The author of a recently released MLI report on the case law that requires the federal government to consult with Aboriginal groups before approving projects that may affect their rights has published a new book on the subject.

University of Saskatchewan professor Dwight Newman's book, titled Revising the Duty to Consult Aboriginals, was released this week by Purich Publishing Ltd.

The book expands on Newman's MLI paper, "The Rule and Role of Law: the duty to consult, Aboriginal communities, and the Canadian natural resource sector", which argues that governments, Aboriginal groups and businesses should use the doctrine as a "lever" to reach agreement on natural resource development.

The book offers a greater understanding of the case law surrounding the duty to consult and offers several new ideas for using the doctrine to further develop the relationship between government and Aboriginals.