Briefing paper

Operationalizing Indigenous consent through land-use planning

Indigenous peoples Land use Land rights Conservation Canada


Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly the standard of free, prior and informed consent, will have ­­significant impacts on resource development, environmental protection and reconcili­ation in Canada. A revitalized approach to land-use planning is one way of applying the consent standard and furthering implementation of Indigenous title and rights. Three models of consent-based decision-making are discussed, with particular reference to British Columbia. They aim to structure proper Indigenous-Crown relations in ways that will collaboratively achieve consent, while advancing greater predictability in decision-making.

Publication Details
IRPP Insight 29