Sharing Prosperity: Indigenous People and Resource Revenue Sharing in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, January 16, 2018
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Not so long ago, resource revenue sharing was a major point of contention between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments in Canada. Now, there are resource revenue sharing systems in much of the country and discussions are underway in most other jurisdictions. Increasing Indigenous legal authority over development spurred provincial and territorial governments to act, as did the inclusion of these regimes in modern treaties.

Join Ken Coates and Stephen Crozier for this special 90-minute webinar as they review the evolution of resource revenue sharing in Canada and underscore its importance in facilitating equitable Indigenous participation in the natural resource economy. Through their discussion, you will learn about key policy parameters which ought to be considered in the development of any resource revenue sharing program.

Revenue sharing is about sharing financial benefits, but it will need to be about a lot more than that if it is going to be effective.

Webinar Highlights

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The legal and political foundations of resource sharing with Indigenous peoples in Canada
  • Provincial and territorial variations in resource revenue sharing, including a consideration of the federal government’s role in resource revenue sharing
  • New models and options in resource revenue sharing, including sharing within and between Indigenous groups
  • How resource revenue sharing system design must be pursued within a wider framework of policy objectives, in order to advance reconciliation, build capacity within Indigenous communities and government; and promote responsible resource development; and
  • How decisions to design and implement a resource revenue sharing system are actually as important (if not more important) than whatever system is ultimately implemented.

About Ken

Dr. Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus and Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Ken was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has long-standing professional and personal interests in Aboriginal rights, northern development, northern Canadian history, science, technology and society, and Japan Studies.

Ken has written extensively on Aboriginal history, Indigenous-newcomer relations and post-secondary education. He recently co-authored a book called From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians.

About Stephen

Stephen Crozier is Vice President, Corporate Affairs at IAMGOLD Corporation. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, HSS & People, Stephen has responsibility for the corporate sustainability program at IAMGOLD. Since 2012, he has jointly led discussions with Indigenous communities that are potentially impacted by the Cote Gold Project. Inspired by those engagements, Stephen became involved over the past several years in the development of policy proposals on resource revenue sharing and collaborative design within the Province of Ontario.

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