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ONLINE VIDEO: Conversati­ons that Matter

- STUART McNISH, SPECIAL TO THE SUN

John Rustad, B. C.’ s minister of aboriginal aff airs and reconcilia­tion ( pictured), admits the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title has fundamenta­lly changed things for his ministry. He’s eager to put a positive interpreta­tion on it because he wants to send a signal that B. C. is still open for business. The province relies heavily on tax revenue from natural resources and has high hopes, in particular for liquefied natural gas exports. But these and various pipeline projects, all require First Nations consent. Rustad acknowledg­es it’s a complex situation. “What we need to do is fi gure out how to work with them,” he said. “The good news is the Tsilhqot’in are very excited about wanting to do this and wanting to do this in partnershi­p which is what our letter of understand­ing is about.”

 ?? Veteran broadcaste­r Stuart McNish has produced an in- depth interview program called Conversati­ons that Matter to explore the most important issues shaping the future of B. C. Each Saturday, McNish will sit down with a thought leader to discover their per ??
Veteran broadcaste­r Stuart McNish has produced an in- depth interview program called Conversati­ons that Matter to explore the most important issues shaping the future of B. C. Each Saturday, McNish will sit down with a thought leader to discover their per

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