Strengthening Impact Assessments for Indigenous Women

Susan Manning, Patricia Nash, Deborah Stienstra and Jane Stinson
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This report provides guidance for implementing new requirements in the Government of Canada’s proposed Impact Assessment Act, specifically to consider “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” when examining potential social, economic, and health impacts of major projects with a potential for environmental impact (Parliament of Canada, 2018). While there is shared responsibility between different government jurisdictions (federal, provincial, territorial, Indigenous Peoples), the focus here is on the federal government and proponents.

The report draws on Indigenous women’s experiences surrounding resource development and considers how Indigenous Peoples’ knowledges can guide resource-related decisions. Indigenous women often carry different perspectives, backgrounds, and positions, which contribute to different priorities, concerns, and approaches to resource development. 

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