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Aboriginal Relations minister vows repeal of controversial consultation bill – Calgary Herald

by ahnationtalk on July 30, 2015581 Views

July 29, 2015

New Aboriginal Relations Minister Kathleen Ganley told Treaty 6 chiefs Wednesday the NDP will honour its campaign pledge to repeal a controversial consultation bill that lacked consultation.

Ganley, who also serves as Justice Minister and Solicitor-General, said her government will develop a better consultation process for First Nations in the province.

“This new government has made it a priority to improve the consultation process and ensure respectful consultation occurs on resource development, land management and environmental issues,” she said in a speech in Edmonton. “This is why we made a commitment to repeal Bill 22, the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act, which was passed by the previous government without adequately consulting with First Nations.”

Ganley assured chiefs that this time they will get a chance to help shape the legislation that establishes a fund that First Nations can draw upon to provide meaningful input into projects.

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