In summary, requirements for engaging with indigenous peoples in Canada may profoundly change over the next few years, resulting in proponents having to redo or address gaps in how they engage. The actual or perceived failure to properly engage may result in, among other things, necessary permits not being issued, the issuance of such permits being challenged, or delays with respect to the project schedule.
Moreover, waiting for the requirements to crystallize is often not a feasible option given most projects' schedules. All these changes work to create significant uncertainty for proponents on how to proceed in engaging Indigenous peoples.
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