Lac Seul First Nation: Development in a Changing Landscape
(10 pages of text)
This case examines the history of the Lac Seul First Nation from first contact with Europeans through treaty negotiations with the Canadian government, timber trespasses by unscrupulous loggers, flooding by Ontario’s hydroelectric provider, and development of mineral resources in Lac Seul traditional territory. The case provides details of settlements of past logging and flooding claims, and agreements with mining companies. The band’s chief and council are faced with the challenge of determining the direction for economic development of the band and the use of resources from the settlements and agreements to improve the community’s socioeconomic environment.
The case is designed for a graduate course in strategy, organizational behaviour, ethics, or corporate social responsibility. It is best positioned toward the beginning of a course to provide students with the historical background on relationships between First Nations communities and the government, organizations, and private individuals. After completing the case, students should be able to
- understand the historic context of indigenous peoples and how it affects relations with governments and companies;
- identify how this context affects corporate social responsibility processes and outcomes for resource development companies; and
- define government responsibility in resource development on traditional lands.
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