The Growing Importance of TK and IQ in Environmental Approvals for Mining Projects in the North

Presenter:

 

Joanna Vince – jvince@willmsshier.com & Raeya Jackiw

 

Authors:

 
J. Vince – Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, Yellowknife, NT, Canada
R. Jackiw – Associate, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, Yellowknife, NT, Canada
 

Summary:

 

Northern land claims and legislation require traditional knowledge (“TK”) and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (“IQ”) to be integrated into Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”), and land and water approvals processes.

The role of TK and IQ in co-management board decision-making is evolving. Successful project proponents need to understand the role that TK and IQ play in project reviews, EIAs, and environmental approvals processes, and how TK and IQ will be weighed with western science. Proponents must also anticipate challenges to TK and IQ integration that could lead to unfavourable board decisions.

This presentation will review NWT and Nunavut co-management board requirements for TK and IQ and anticipated trends for the use of TK and IQ in environmental decision-making.

 
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