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BC First Nations have high hopes for results of energy report – The Globe and Mail

Dec. 04 2013

Ottawa’s effort to recalibrate its relationship with First Nations in British Columbia on energy issues has reached a crucial stage with the completion of a fact-finding report.

Doug Eyford, a Vancouver lawyer and treaty negotiator appointed by the Prime Minister, is to release the details of his findings Thursday.

Some of the native leaders who met with Mr. Eyford during his nine-month fact-finding assignment say the report could lead to dramatic changes – and perhaps set the stage for groundbreaking talks between First Nations and government over several multibillion-dollar energy developments that have been proposed in B.C.

“The first thing I’d say is that they chose a person I think has the skill set to do the job,” said Dave Porter, a member of the executive council of the First Nations Summit.

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