Give Aboriginals More Say On Nuclear Plans: Report

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 12:44



The man who led the province’s uranium consultations recommends that First Nations and Métis people be consulted separately on any aspect of uranium development in the province.


Dan Perrins says First Nations and Metis governments were “very clear” on the distinction they make between their people engaging in a public consultation process, and the duty to consult, which they see as the province’s legal obligation to them.


“They want to engage with the (provincial) government as governments,” Perrins says.


He says the First Nations he consulted in the Athabasca Basin told him they will oppose uranium development until the government reconciles with the region.


Perrins’ report says Aboriginal people want to be fully engaged, and they want the province to respect treaty and Aboriginal rights.