McKinnon said he still believes signing the contract is the right choice because his community enjoys the economic benefits. In its request for disclosure, the province requested that Blueberry River receive instructions, (among others) ibas, requests for capacity funding and partisan capacity funding, revenue sharing agreements with industrial supporters, declarations of intent with industrial supporters, cooperation agreements with industrial supporters, and agreements or arrangements with industrial supporters on the former. Developed. IBAs are quickly becoming a standard practice among potential developers. From an industry perspective, IBAs can offer security and support to development projects7. From the perspective of many Aboriginal communities, IBAs can support local economic development opportunities and play a greater role in environmental protection and resource development. In addition, Aboriginal communities are approaching the negotiation of IBAs on the basis that they have intrinsic rights to their traditional territories and should therefore participate in the employment and financial benefits of development projects in these countries.8 Impact Agreements („IBAs“) between industry supporters and indigenous groups are becoming an important means for proponents to address regulatory risks and for groups. indigenous peoples, to take advantage of industrial development in their traditional territories. Since IBAs may contain economically sensitive information, such as financial contributions, employment commitments, and contractual obligations, they are generally considered confidential between the partisan and the indigenous group. Merle Alexander, a lawyer who works in the field of First Nations economic development, says he has seen these kinds of provisions for Indigenous communities in performance contracts.
In 2015, Nak`azdli held a referendum on whether a performance agreement should be reached with Province B.C for the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline. The province has also signed its own performance agreements with 17 First Nations related to the pipeline project. A provincial spokesman said that as of today, 15 of these agreements are in force. At the federal level, legislation in Nunavut, the offshore region and part of the Northwest Territories requires oil and gas proponents to develop performance plans that maximize employment and business opportunities for Northerners.17 The chief of Nak`azdlis said the group has not fully approved an agreement with the province, which means that the First Nation has not made one of the two provincial agreements. Given the nature of the projects, the impact on the environment is a central and important issue to be addressed. The court ruled that certain documents should be disclosed, although the province`s defense`s claim that Blueberry River tolerated or benefited from industrial development was „new“: the confidential nature of impact benefit agreements means that a small portion of existing agreements are publicly available. . .