Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Macdonald-Laurier Institute

April 30, 2013 09:00 ET

Leading National Think-Tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute to Release First Two Papers in Groundbreaking Series on Aboriginal Canada and the Natural Resource Economy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 30, 2013) - Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, joined by Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan and Douglas Bland, professor emeritus at Queen's University, will release two studies that outline the two alternative futures that face Canada in its efforts to win First Nations approval for and full participation in the rise of the natural resource economy.

The paper by Ken Coates and Brian Lee Crowley will discuss policy options to involve Aboriginals fully in the growing and increasingly important natural resources economy, highlighting successful partnerships already operating in many parts of the country and the foundation they offer for continued shared development and growth.

Based on his study of successful insurrection movements worldwide, Douglas Bland will lay out the feasibility of a First Nations insurgency in Canada and suggest the disastrous consequences that could follow if Canada is unsuccessful in heading off a future widespread First Nations insurrection. Many of the conditions that have given rise to insurrections in other parts of the world obtain in many aspects of Canadian/First Nations' relations. These factors are especially dangerous in circumstances where the exploitations of our natural resources demands cooperation and not confrontation. Bland's paper argues that if we do not improve on Canada's track record in dealing with the First Nations communities, the recent Idle No More demonstrations may prove to be only a mild foretaste of the confrontations to come.

May 1, 2013
Media availability: 10:30 a.m.
National Press Theatre
150 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5A4
Note: Access available via the Booth Building at 165 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON

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