Finding the Win-Win in Major Project Agreements: Lessons From Indigenous Groups and Industry Proponents

The Conference Board of Canada, 90 pages, March 6, 2017
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The report provides practical advice for industry proponents and Indigenous groups on how to improve their relationships and produce better results at different stages of a major project agreement.

Document Highlights

Over the past 30 years, Canada has increasingly become a proving ground for major project agreements (MPAs) between Indigenous communities and natural resources sector companies. Today, corporate and Indigenous community leaders alike emphasize the importance of having MPAs to build trust, improve certainty, and establish joint economic development opportunities.

Finding the Win-Win in Major Project Agreements: Lessons From Indigenous Groups and Industry Proponents documents the building blocks of effective MPAs in Canada. Drawing on a national cross-section of cases from mining and energy sectors, the report highlights the smart practices that have produced effective MPAs in Canada.

In particular, the report provides practical advice for industry proponents and Indigenous groups on how to improve their relationships and produce better results at different stages of an MPA, from early stage negotiations to long-term implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Audience
  • Terminology
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Anonymity of Key Informants
  • Major Project Agreement Goals

Chapter 2—Major Project Developments in Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors

  • State of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Case Studies and Their Treaty Rights Contexts

Chapter 3—Building a Win-Win Relationship

  • Understand Context
  • Address Outstanding Grievances
  • Establish Corporate and Community Mandates
  • Select the Right Team
  • Manage Negotiations
  • Develop Partnerships and Joint Ventures
  • Understand the Dynamic of Multiple Indigenous Parties
  • Build Community Support for Ratification
  • The Process of Engagement

Chapter 4—Sustaining a Win-Win Relationship

  • Actively Manage Implementation
  • Formally Review the Agreement
  • Promote Ongoing Communications
  • Commit to Successful Implementation
  • Engage the Community

Chapter 5—Long-Term Community Development

Appendix A—Bibliography

Appendix B—Major Project Agreement Checklist

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