Mountains Mountains

Author: Jessica Davies

The Communica team comes from a diverse background with many different experiences and passions. Whether it is travel, politics, communications, public relations, social media, marketing, public policy or law… there’s no shortage of unique ideas around the boardroom table. Below you’ll find blogs on some of our ideas. What’s got you thinking?

Terminology: Indigenous vs. Aboriginal

Communica’s Aboriginal Engagement team works hard to stay on top of new policy, legislation, cultural and legal developments in the Aboriginal relations field. We have a strong understanding of various legal, cultural and political terms used to identify Aboriginal peoples and generally default to the preference of the particular Aboriginal community that we are working … Continued

Summary: The 2016 Federal Budget and Aboriginal Programs

Working in Aboriginal relations, we at Communica think it is important to stay up-to-date on current policy, legislative, legal, social and political trends in Canada. Below, we summarize the Aboriginal funding items announced in the 2016 federal budget. Overall, the funding commitments to Aboriginal programs, particularly on-reserve programming, is unprecedented. This signals the federal government’s … Continued

Delgamuukw — a watershed moment in Aboriginal legal history

As the Supreme Court of Canada hears the arguments in the Tsilhqot’in case regarding Aboriginal title, we decided to look back at one of the major, watershed moments in Aboriginal legal history, the SCC’s ruling in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia [1997]. This ruling defined Aboriginal title and helped further the common law development of the … Continued

The Crown

Lawyers often refer to the Crown and the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate with Aboriginal peoples in Canada. But who is the Crown? The short, practical answer is either the provincial or federal government. The longer answer is a bit more complicated. In Canada, the executive branch of government is considered the authorized representative … Continued

250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763: History Matters!

October 7, 2013, marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763. As Canada’s oldest constitutional document, the Royal Proclamation of 1763 provides a historical foundation for modern Crown-Aboriginal relations. When considering the questions of why resource development proponents engage Aboriginal communities, the Royal Proclamation of 1763 provides important historical context. What is the … Continued

National Aboriginal Day: Summer Reading List

Friday, June 21, is National Aboriginal Day. This is a day we celebrate the Inuit, Metis and First Nations in Canada. In honor of National Aboriginal Day, I thought I would put together my top five books on the subject of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. A self-professed nerd, I read a lot on a wide … Continued

B.C. election 2013 – the parties’ views about natural gas

Today, the writ dropped for British Columbia’s provincial election on May 14, 2013. Much has been written about predictions, polling and preferences of the respective parties but for now I would like to briefly turn to platforms and proposed policies in the energy sector.  Below is a quick snapshot of what the four political parties … Continued