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Many Aboriginal peoples want to participate in economic development on their territories. They want to be treated with respect and have their cultural heritage recognized. They also want to ensure that resource development on their territories is safe, healthy and does not degrade the natural environment. There are business and IT solutions that exist that could help fill that gap, ensuring that aboriginal peoples are able to monitor business activities on their land. The use of natural resources or access to traditional territory needs a solution that works for existing industry and for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Software systems, informed by a comprehensive review of compliance management and the unique needs of aboriginal peoples, can be developed. These systems will help encourage economic activity that respects Aboriginal title and rights while also being efficient in its delivery to industry (and to some extent government regulators as well).
Dr. Gary Bull
Information and communications technologies
University of British Columbia
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