Developing Resources: How to Effectively Engage with Métis in the Natural Resource Sector

The Conference Board of Canada, June 15, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Métis peoples are one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in Canada. With Supreme Court of Canada rulings such as Powley, Cunningham, Manitoba Métis Federation and, most recently, Daniels v, Canada, Métis governments are progressively re-asserting their rights, jurisdiction and unique governance structures within their traditional territories. In doing so, Métis governments are more often connecting with non-Indigenous governments and resource sector proponents to ensure they meaningfully engage, consult, and accommodate the Métis as they move forward with development projects.

Maintaining positive long-term working relationships with both present and future Métis leaders will be integral to the success of Canada’s 21st century resource economy. Yet many proponents continue to lack a full understanding of who the Métis people are or how to effectively engage with their communities. So, why has reconciliation with the Métis been described as “a matter of national and constitutional import”? How do Métis rights and interests fit into Canada’s natural resource sector? And, what can proponents and government agencies do to effectively engage both present and future Métis leaders within the Ontarian natural resource sector and the larger economy?

Join Paul Robitaille as he provides a Métis youth perspective on the power of building strong and lasting relationships with Canada’s Métis peoples. Drawing on his academic research and extensive work with Ontario Métis communities, Paul will help prepare participants to navigate the often overwhelming and conflicting array of information related to the Métis that exists in society today.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn:

  • Who the Métis people are and what their communities look like,
  • Why understanding and upholding Métis rights is important for all Canadians,
  • How Métis youth can be effectively engaged to support a thriving Canadian resource economy,
  • What you can do to become a strong and supportive partner for the Métis.

About Paul

Photo of Paul RobitaillePaul Robitaille is the Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Provincial Youth Council and was recently appointed to the MNO Commission on Métis Rights on Self-Government, where he has been travelling throughout Ontario’s 29 Métis communities to engage Citizens in conversations about Métis rights, culture, identity and self-government. He is also completing a MSc. in Forestry at Lakehead University, exploring methods of leveraging the meaningful engagement of Indigenous youth towards building greater collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous actors within the natural resources sector. Paul has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Academic Medal and the 2015 J. Michael Waldram Fellowship.

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