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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.
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.