Environment and Natural Resources Management Governance of Natural Resources is one area where we (collectively) have strayed far from the path. All parties, particularly Courts and First Nations, should place less emphasis on claims to extract resources (fisheries, timber, minerals, wildlife, etc) and more emphasis on traditional means of management of those resources.

The current framework for dealing with aboriginal rights creates very powerful disincentives for a re-elaboration of traditional methods of sustainable development because it is focused solely on extractive practices. This focus creates a self-fulfilling stereotype of aboriginal nations as rapacious consumers of natural resources.

It has never been so.

A focus on extraction rather than management undermines nationhood because it ignores the regulatory role exercised by our ancestors, and a role that ought to be exercised by aboriginal nations today.