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Mining and the Metis: Not a challenge — an opportunity

from Financial Post

Consulting with affected aboriginal groups isn't just a legal requirement before a mining company begins work on a Canadian property, it's become a standard business practice. But where mining companies once might have thought the duty to consult required them to speak with one of Canada's more than 600 "pre-contact" First Nations groups, recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions confirm they might also need to deal with the Métis people. "The law is absolutely clear. There's no room for debate on it. It's an equal consideration. It's not anything less," said lawyer Thomas Isaac, a partner with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. more

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