Success Showcase: Tahltan Central Government, BC and Skeena Resources on Their Work Towards a Consent-Based Agreement

Jun. 7, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PDT

A discussion between Nalaine Morin, Tahltan Central Government Lands Director, Cory Waters, Lead Negotiator for the Province of British Columbia, and Justin Himmelright, Skeena Resources, on their collaborative work towards the first consent-based decision-making agreement ever to be negotiated under Section 7 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).

Sponsored by Skeena Resources.

Nalaine Morin is a nationally recognized award-winning professional who has managed environmental reviews of several large resource development projects on behalf of Indigenous Nations. She has extensive technical experience in both mining and environmental assessment processes, and she is well known for her work to build positive relationships that recognize the role of Indigenous Nations in decision making on Indigenous Lands. Nalaine provides services in third party technical reviews, regulatory application reviews, impact benefit agreement negotiations, community engagement and natural resource management.

Cory Waters has been the Chief Negotiator, North Area for the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation since 2018. Born and raised in the Lekwungen territories of the Coast Salish peoples (Victoria), he has worked in indigenous relations and the public service and not-for-profit sector since 1992. His work with BC has previously included time with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Environmental Assessment Office, BC Parks and Tourism BC. He is passionate about reconciliation, team, empowerment, and collaboratively solving wicked problems. Husband and father/step-father of four (and new grandfather), Cory enjoys mountain biking and umpiring baseball in addition to cooking, eating and having fun in many forms!

Mr. Himmelright is the Senior VP of External Affairs and Sustainability at Skeena Resources, which is advancing the Eskay Creek Revitalization Project — the first Project in BC to develop under a Section 7 Indigenous consent framework through DRIPA. Mr. Himmelright has over 25 years of experience in environmental management. He previously served as Vice President for several publicly listed companies and as a consultant to Indigenous communities on mining proposals within their Territories. He is an Executive Board member of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and is currently an adjunct professor at the Norman Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering (UBC) on the topic of Indigenous peoples and mining in Canada.

Subtitles available in: English