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Industrial Projects and Impact Assessment

Environment Industrial Projects and Impact Assessment 3

NWAC supports the implementation of impact assessment legislative and policy frameworks to uphold Indigenous self-determination and decision-making. This ensures Indigenous women, girls, Two-spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people are protected from negative effects of industrial projects.


Goals:

  • Fully implement the MMIWG2S+ Calls for Justice to prevent violence against Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People through resource extraction industries.
  • Support the prioritization of renewable energy sources, such as renewable energy-related mining, which must be regulated to minimize negative impacts on Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People, while maximizing positive impacts.
  • Help implement inter-provincial/territorial agreements to ensure national and provincial standards for industrial project assessments both protect and advance the rights and interests of Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse Peoples.
 

Summary

Industrial projects often have disproportionately negative environmental, social, economic, and cultural impacts on Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People. They often face significant barriers in employment, workplace advancement, and business opportunities in energy and mining sectors. At the same time, Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People shoulder a disproportionate burden of risks from these projects. Industrial work camps can increase sexual violence risks, which is perhaps the most reprehensible impact of industrial projects.

NWAC made submissions to House and Senate standing committees studying Bill C-69 highlighting the importance of a culturally relevant, gender-based analysis in the impact assessment processes. NWAC took a leading role in ensuring that, for the first time, federal environmental legislation set out specific requirements for environmental decision-makers to consider impacts on Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People, specifically.
NWAC also prepared a culturally relevant, gender-based analysis of Canada’s Minerals and Metals Plan, for Natural Resources Canada. This document outlines negative and positive effects of mining activities on Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People.
 

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