Honouring indigenous sovereignties: envisioning a reconcilatory framework of development
LE3 .A278 2018
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis explores contemporary Indigenous development in Canada to determine if the lessons of both reconciliation and the history of development are meaningfully addressed in contemporary policy approaches and practices. Adopting a critical development framework, I dissect international development theory and practice in the last half century to establish the need for a new vision of development, a reconciliatory framework of development. Creating this framework requires a close reading of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) to propose how reconciliation can be brought into development. The reconciliatory framework of development is then applied to two regulatory frameworks which are today used as development agreements in the Canadian natural resource sector: the environmental assessment; and the impact and benefit agreement. While natural resource development in Canada features certain practices that meet the standards of reconciliatory development, persistent colonial structures, practices and attitudes must be changed.
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