Harper names envoy
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named an envoy to deal with aboriginal opposition to resource development in Alberta and British Columbia.
That’s where First Nations’ opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline has thrown the future of the project into question.
Eyford is a Vancouver lawyer with a long history of working for the federal government as a negotiator on First Nations’ issues.
He will report directly to Harper—producing a preliminary report by the end of June and a final report by the end of November.
It’s the first concrete step to come from a crisis meeting between Harper and leading chiefs in the midst of widespread protests in January.
The prime minister promised to empower top officials to deal with First Nations’ complaints about rights, treaties, and the sharing of Canada’s natural resource wealth.