Since 1992, Aboriginal communities, organizations and businesses side by side with the resource industries, governments and groups have touted our conferences as the best place to learn, network and grow together. The Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) is the best national forum for creating communication among us ALL. Since being established 24 years and counting, we have seen real some positive change, more partnerships, more agreements and most of all more dialogue.
The Canadian Aboriginal Mineral Association is an Aboriginal, non-profit organization which seeks to increase the understanding of the minerals industry, Aboriginal mining and Aboriginal communities' paramount interests in lands and resources. Through increasing this awareness, all parties will benefit.
Aboriginal communities and resource companies often utilize common lands for opposing uses and with differing values.
In some areas in Canada, aboriginal communities assert and have title while elsewhere they maintain a residual and ongoing right to use lands ceded by them through treaties.
While resource companies also have a right to access and use these same lands for mineral development through legislation. In the next decade how will Aboriginal communities and resource companies move from talking about consultation to evolving forms of consent?