The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is expecting greater clarity now when its members have business deals with First Nations. This is in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling 8-0 giving the Tsilhqot’in B.C. title to their land.
A V.P. with CAPP, Alex Ferguson, told CBC the ruling should help project coordinators when consulting with First Nations. “”It does clarify in several cases that everything is project-specific so how you conduct yourself as a project proponent or in government on a project basis will guide [with] what kind of speed and efficiency you go through that process.”
A First Nations studies professor at the University of Northern B.C., Antonia Mills, suspects the ruling could make it more difficult for oil companies to do business with First Nations, “this decision strengthens their rights to preserve their traditional territories.”