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March 2, 2021
The Caldwell First Nation has set up an online system to help manage the many consultation requests it gets every week.
Companies and organizations are required to consult with First Nations when they’re planning projects on their territory — anything from power lines to building bridges.
Nikki van Oirschot, director of operations with the Caldwell First Nation, said the duty to consult is an important part of being a self-determining First Nation.
“Especially now that we have reserve status and we’re going to be planting our roots back down in our home, it’s even more important for us to ensure that what’s happening that can affect our area is a priority, and not sort of something happening in the background without our input,” she said.