What can we do to help industry build relationships and advance projects with Indigenous partners?
If government has connections with Indigenous groups in an area where industry is active, they need to do the introductions. People can't talk to each other if they don't know who to talk to. Making sure that there are strong communication links happening between groups will be critical in ensuring knowledge transfer and collaboration
I agree with the post above - the government has a role to play when it comes to effective communication which is essential to help build meaningful relationships. Acting as a coordinator and bringing the right players together early is fundamental. However, a lot of smaller companies might be the first ones to initiate dialogue. They need to be equipped with the right tools, so they know what steps they should and shouldn't take. Engagement toolkits and knowing how to navigate would be very beneficial.
The government should compile best practices from all over the world and show how these could be replicated in Canada. Many companies and communities have built effective relationships together. Gleaning what worked and perhaps examples of what didn't would help industry plan appropriately.