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A Systematic Review of Studies Evaluating Australian Indigenous Community Development Projects: The Extent of Community Participation, their Methodological Quality and their Outcomes
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Moderate

A Systematic Review of Studies Evaluating Au...

Anne Stephens, Annemarie Wagemakers, Anthony Shakeshaft et al.


This systematic review aims to identify the extent of community participation in community development projects implemented in Australian Indigenous communities, critically appraise the qualitative and quantitative methods used in their evaluation, and summarise their outcomes.

Aboriginal Participation in Mineral Development: Environmental Assessment and Impact-Benefit Agreements
Scientific Paper

This paper discusses the use of Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) negotiated between industry and Indigenous communities, and Environmental Assessments (EA) that are legislated by the Canadian Government. The author argues that IBAs and EA have the potential to encourage the consultation and partnership of Indigenous people in the development process, with positive impacts on the development project. The Tahltan Nation’s use of IBAs and EA in the Galore Creek Project is examined as a case study.

Impact and Benefit Agreements: A Contentious Issue for Environmental and Aboriginal Justice
Scientific Paper

This paper discusses the conflicts surrounding the use of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) negotiated between Indigenous communities and development companies. They suggest that these agreements exist outside of the legal framework of Environmental Assessment (EA) which generates conflict with environmental regulation. They also examine the conflict that can emerge when IBAs continue to negatively impact Indigenous peoples by not distributing mining benefits equitably between parties.

This document reviews some of the dimensions that guide the decision-making processes of Aboriginal governments with respect to resource extraction development. Important decision-making processes such as Impact-Benefit Agreements (IBA), Environmental Assessments (EA), Socio-Economic Assessments, and Devolution are explained so as to support Indigenous communities engaged in negotiations with extractive industries.

Indigenous Peoples' Land and Resource Rights
Report

This report from the National Centre for First Nations Governance, discusses Indigenous rights to lands and resources in Canada over the last 50 years. They use a series of case studies related to resource extraction projects that have been developed on the traditional territory of Indigenous communities, to analyze the rights they are able to exercise. The analysis is used to determine the degree of Indigenous governance in this resource development projects.

The Crown’s Constitutional Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
Report

In this report from the National Centre for First Nations Governance, Morellato discusses the importance of the Government’s duty to consult Aboriginal people with respect to their traditional lands, resources, and governance. She argues that the decisions made by the Crown can either facilitate Indigenous governance and self-determination or can extend injustice, marginalization and poverty. Important cases in Canadian law are examined followed by recommendations for consultation and reconciliation.

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