Weaving Two Worlds
Economic Reconciliation Between Indigenous Peoples and the Resource Sector
The resource sector must embrace Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Much of the land, the waters, and all that lived upon or in them is, or was once, under the stewardship of Indigenous Peoples. But when it comes to resource extraction, Indigenous communities have often paid the highest price, and received the least in the way of benefit. That’s changing, and quickly. Today and in the future, the involvement in and views of Indigenous communities for any large-scale proposed development project are critical.
In Weaving Two Worlds, Christy Smith and Michael McPhie offer insights, knowledge, and guidance from their decades of work between resources companies and Indigenous communities. Smith and McPhie offer two voices from two worlds—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—to show how the resource sector can play a meaningful role in advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Using powerful case studies, personal stories, guidelines, and tools for reflection, they offer an invaluable guide for understanding decolonization and becoming an ally. You’ll gain practical skills and tips on how to build meaningful, mutually productive relationships with Indigenous Peoples, from initial consultation to project planning and development.
Weaving Two Worlds offers a practical roadmap to a future in which Indigenous rights are fully acknowledged, both in law and in practice. Whether Indigenous or non-Indigenous, we breathe the same air, drink the same water, and rely on the Earth to provide for our well-being. We all have an opportunity to move forward and repair the harm of biases and colonial practices, and work to realize a sustainable future that benefits all of humanity.
“McPhie and Smith have penned a book that addresses one of the most critical issues of our time: cross-cultural relationship building for mining and resource industries. Based on their decades of experience working at the frontier of Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives—First Nation and colonial—they present a rich tapestry of much-needed practical and thoughtful insights to serve as a guide through what has sometimes been a tragic divide.”
“In the era of economic reconciliation with Indigenous People of Canada, this book is compelling as it relates to how to do business properly with Indigenous nations. It is a must-read if you want to get right and do right by Indigenous People of Canada.”
“This is a timely, provocative, and necessary book. Much of corporate Canada continues to struggle to deeply understand, let alone design and walk the path, to true economic reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This book will help build awareness and understanding and challenge long-held myths and biases.”
“Weaving Two Worlds is a must-read for anyone involved in the resource economy, Indigenous business, or simply a curious Canadian interested in knowing more on Indigenous business and the resource sector. Thank you for taking the time to write and distribute this important work.”
“Weaving Two Worlds is a timely and insightful read for those in the C-Suite and throughout the corporate engagement platform. Christy Smith and Mike McPhie are knowledgeable experts who bring extensive experience in understanding that committed corporate resource leadership in allyship with Indigenous partners can achieve beneficial Indigenomic outcomes.”
$19.95 CAD • $15.95 USD
Published March 1, 2022