The First Nations On The Proposed Windy Energy Project
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In this report I will outline my recommendation on how to approach the Metlakatla First Nations on the proposed Windy Energy Project. Through my research I believe a promising opportunity is present in pursuing business negotiations with this community. With our mutual goals of providing sustainable project developments I believe the Metlakatla community will make strong business partners. In order to establish a respectful and welcoming negotiation process, Windy Power must strongly understand their values, cultural sensitivities and organizational structure.
The Metlakatla First Nation is based on the north coast of British Columbia, north of Prince Rupert. The community is quite small and remote…show more content… As indicated in appendix A, the Metlakatla territory spans roughly 20,000 square kilometers including twenty-one reserves, ten of which are Metlakatla only (Leighton, 2012). The Metlakatla traditional language is Sm’algyax, but due to the close proximity to Prince Rupert and an aging elder population very few members fluently speak the language (Metlakatla Governing Council, 2015). Thus there are no significant language barriers that would be of concern when communicating with the community.
Metlakatla is a signatory to a number of agreements including (Treaty, n.d.): • Ongoing: Treaty Negotiations, Marine use Planning • Dec 10, 2009: Reconciliation Protocol: Official recognition of Metlakatla’s Aboriginal Rights and Title
• Oct 18, 2007: Protected Area Collaborative Management Agreement
• June 07, 2006: Strategic Land Use Planning Agreement
• 2006: Land and Resource Protocol Agreement
Currently the Metlakatla First Nations are at Stage 4 in negotiating a treaty intended to provide use and management of land and resources, set out First Nations self-government, and create viable First Nations economies (Treaty, n.d.). The outcome of the treaty process will strongly influence the viability of the project and should be followed closely for any changes that should be made in the assessment process.
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