Resource Royalties Distribution and Community Development

Regions: North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, socio-economics, social services, social benefit

Principal Investigator: Rodon, Thierry (5)
Licence Number: 15743
Organization: Université Laval
Licenced Year(s): 2015 2014
Issued: Aug 19, 2015
Project Team: Aude Therrien (research professional, Université Laval), Laurence Lefebvre (research assistant, Université Laval)

Objective(s): To make a list of various methods used by Aboriginal communities and organizations to distribute royalties and profit shares paid by resource companies.

Project Description: This project will bridge this knowledge gap by achieving the following three objectives:
1) to make a list of various methods used by Aboriginal communities and organizations to distribute royalties and profit shares paid by resource companies;
2) to identify the characteristics of each modes of distributions and their positive and negative outcomes; and,
3) to identify the most sustainable practices and those that allow communities to benefit economically and socially from the royalties.

The information needed for the survey will be collected by a phone. The research team will ask individuals that manage profit shares and royalties or that work for health and social services or for community services. The survey should take about 15 to 30 minutes to answer, it is anonymous and it will not be recorded. At first, potential respondents will be asked if they want to participate in this survey. At first, the researcher will resume the research project to the potential respondents and read the verbal consent form to the participants. The survey will begin after the participants have given their consent.

By identifying the different modes of distribution of royalties, this project will provide the knowledge to many communities and organizations to increase their capacity to benefit from resource development. The overall objectives of the research is to make it available to communities so that those who are expecting royalties and profit shares from resource companies will be able to make enlightened decisions by knowing the different modes of distribution available to them and their impacts.

A report will be written, and made public on the Northern Sustainable Development Chair website. The report will also be sent to communities and organizations in the Northwest Territories, whether they have participated in the project or not. The report will also be shared with members of the Knowledge Network and through ReSDA’s own network.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 20, 2015 to December 31, 2015.