Mining, Economic Development and Indigenous Peoples: Getting the Governance Equation Right . Publication of the Report on ISID's Summer Forum
The publication of Mining, Economic Development and Indigenous Peoples: Getting the Governance Equation Right marks the public launching of the new flagship Program in Global Governance of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). The product of an intense weeklong policy forum held at McGill in August 2013, under the able leadership of Jim Cooney, our first Professor of Practice in Global Governance, the report reflects a uniquely rich discussion among academics and practitioners working on issues relating to the often delicate and conflict-ridden relationship between indigenous communities, extractive industries and governments. Indeed, the richness of the discussion reflected the fact that representatives of the principal stakeholder groups from around the world took part in it, including indigenous communities, governments and mining companies. The variety of experiences and perspectives present in the Forum was unparalleled, providing new insights for finding novel solutions to what increasingly have seemed to be intractable problems. In this way, the dialogue that all participants agreed was essential to avoid increased conflict actually began in the Forum itself, another of the Forum’s laudable achievements.