The federal government has given the go-ahead to two major pipelines projects – Trans Mountain and Line 3 – while rejecting Northern Gateway.
In a series of videos, titled "Pipelines, Politics & Indigenous Peoples: Understanding the decisions on Gateway, Line 3 and Trans Mountain", MLI Munk Senior Fellow Ken Coates delves into the long-term implications of pipeline rulings for Canada.
What does the future hold for relations with Indigenous peoples?
Watch video number three in the series to find out.
"It's going to change the nature of the debate and the intensity of the conflict", says Coates of the pipeline decisions. He says that while the new Liberal government is no doubt sincere in its desire for reconciliation, he worries they have raised the expectations of Indigenous peoples too high, and many are now feeling extremely disappointed as the government faces the complex realities of Indigenous relations.