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2016 RCGS Independent Research Grant Recipient

Erin Hanson
Coast Salish Natural Resource Management post-Tsilhqot’in: A case study with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

An oil tanker sits in Burrard Inlet across from Whey-ah-Wichen, an ancestral Tsleil-Waututh village site in North Vancouver, B.C. (Photo: Erin Hanson)

This research project will examine the impacts and implications of Canada’s consultation and accommodation process with First Nations. It will examine how a First Nation such as Tsleil-Waututh responds to resource development in light of the ground-breaking 2014 Supreme Court Tsilhqot’in ruling. As a result of this ruling federal and provincial governments are required to consult with, and in some circumstances acquire consent from, First Nations prior to beginning development projects within their territories. The Tsilhqot’in case marks a significant turning point in Aboriginal-state relations. The project will examine how this decision impacts, on a day-to-day basis, this Coast Salish First Nation’s ability to manage natural resources within their territory.


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