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Engagement

Engagement is key to any project or development taking place on the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation or within its traditional and/or occupancy territories and lands. These include infrastructure projects like pipelines, resource development projects (mines), new highway systems, roads, piping and cable systems, along with anything influencing water and access to water.

UNDER CANADA’S FEDERAL LEGAL SYSTEM THE MUSCOWPETUNG SAULTEAUX NATION HAS UNIQUE RIGHTS WHICH ARE PROTECTED AND GUARANTEED THROUGH SECTION 35 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA.

The doctrine of the duty to consult is triggered when any proposed project has the potential to adversely impact and affect the Treaty Rights of the people of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation. 

The DTC rose out of many significant supreme court rulings which include:

-Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), [2004] 3 S.C.R. 511, 2004 SCC 73 

-Taku River Tlingit First Nation v. British Columbia (Project Assessment Director), [2004] 3 S.C.R. 550, 2004 SCC 74

-Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage), [2005] 3 S.C.R. 388, 2005 SCC 69

-Beckman v. Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, 2010 SCC 53, [2010] 3 S.C.R. 103

-Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43, [2010] 2 S.C.R. 650

“The duty to consult is an important part of the federal government’s activities, including for regulatory project approvals, licensing and authorization of permits, operational decisions, policy development, negotiations, and more.”

-Government of Canada, CIRNAC

MUSCOWPETUNG WILL ENGAGE ITS MEMBERS BASED ON METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND AN APPROACH ALWAYS DESIGNED WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. 

The Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation has always consulted the elders and community members when making major decisions that affect the nation. This is a key principle which has been a part of the decision making since the Treaty process.