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A First Nations-led social innovation: a moose, a gold mining company, and a policy window

A recent, event involving the death of a moose in the Dome open-pit mine in the community of Timmins, in northern Ontario, Canada has triggered the opening of a policy window related to the governance of resource extraction by Indigenous peoples. This event, combined with several other factors, has led to the emergence of a Indigenous peoples-led collaborative, social innovation. The events include: (1) the high price of gold, (2) a mining company seeking to demonstrate corporate social responsibility to repair its international reputation with Indigenous peoples by supporting an innovative, local Indigenous-led initiative, and, (3) a new policy context, including Supreme Court of Canada decisions and provisions in the updated Ontario Mining Act, that require meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples,

This policy window allowed for the formation of an unprecedented council of Indigenous knowledge holders (elders) and traditional practitioners to help inform mine restoration and practice as well as to foster the resurgence of traditional language and culture in local indigenous communities. Here, we document this unprecedented social change opportunity. (Read More)