“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.” 

CEO, Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC)

“Addresses one of the most critical issues of our time… A rich tapestry of much-needed, practical and thoughtful insights to serve as a guide through what has sometimes been a tragic divide.” 

Kinross Professor of Mining and Sustainability, Queens University

“At a time when we need to rethink the natural resource sector as a critical asset in the energy transition, McPhie and Smith open themselves and the sector up to a new, needed approach, one that starts with understanding and reconciliation. It’s a roadmap for unlocking [a] new relationships and resources”

President and CEO, RESOLVE

“Weaving Two Worlds is timely and an insightful read for those in the C-Suite and throughout the corporate engagement platform.”

P.GE0, DSc

“This book is a must read for all those who want to understand the past and challenges ahead. Christy and Mike have presented the situation through two very different realities and I think there something here for all to learn and reflect upon.”

Chair AND CEO, Osisko Development Corporation

“This book is more than an essential guide for all management and executives seeking a pathway to balance and true sustainability for our industry.”

CEO, TDG Gold Corp.

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“Our overarching goal is to shift the thinking of those in the resource sector to seeing themselves as allies with Indigenous communities and playing a role in economic reconciliation. Through deepening understanding, it will be possible to strengthen relationships and create opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses and communities.” – Christy Smith and Michael McPhie


This book contains everything you need to know to do:
Deepen your Understanding

Learn about major contemporary and historical issues of colonialism, Indigenous history, culture and knowledge, consultation obligations, how to engage and agreements


Learn to recognize what biases you might carry with you and how to address those individually and within your team

Economic Reconciliation

What this means, how it can be achieved and the steps individuals and organizations can take to lead in building positive relationships with Indigenous communities

Effective Engagement

Learn how to effectively engage with Indigenous communities and build resilient, respectful relationships

About the author

Christy Smith

Christy is a member of K’ómoks First Nation, living in her traditional territory on Vancouver Island. Christy has authentically navigated both Indigenous and non-indigenous worlds while working in the resource sector for over 25 years. Her work is deeply rooted in reconciliation and decolonizing the approach to ways of doing business.Engaging and building good relationships are at the core of what Christy does as a changemaker, mentor, liaison, project manager, and engagement expert. She has facilitated workshops, presented at national mining conventions, instructed at universities, de-escalated complex situations, mentored Indigenous entrepreneurs, negotiated countless benefits agreements, advocated on the behalf First Nations’ governments and industry proponents, and built capacity within every organization of which she has been a part. Christy has a BA in Native Studies from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Northern British Columbia, and is a wife and mother. Christy currently serves as a Partner and Vice President, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations with Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd. of Vancouver and Vice President, Sustainability with TDG Gold Corp. She is currently serving as Vice Chair for the Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee for the Association for Mineral Exploration in 


About the author

Michael McPhie

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Michael has worked as a founder, director and executive leading the development of mineral resource projects and companies throughout North America and internationally. He is a specialist in the environmental, regulatory, Indigenous and financial aspects of the natural resources sector and has held senior executive and board positions with both industry and the Government of Canada over this career. Michael is currently the Co-Chair and Founding Partner of Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd. and serves as Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs with Talisker Resource Ltd..  He is also on the Board of Advisors of Resolve, a prominent US based non-governmental organization focused on sustainability and the resource sector.

  Michael is the recent former Chair of the Board of Ridley Terminals Ltd., the former founding President and CEO of Curis Resources Ltd., Executive Chairman of IDM Mining Ltd., President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia and Chair of the Board of Governors at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME).




Here is what our readers have to say

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. After reading this book, I was enlightened and given hope that the resource sector and Indigenous people can collaborate in business for a win-win and hit economic reconciliation on its head in the 21st century.

Karen Ogen-Toews
CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance

With the current progressive move from the “winner takes all” colonial mentality to a modern, ESG focused a “win-win” view, McPhie and Smith provide todays mining CEO with a knowledge and experience based multifaceted approach to conducting successful dialogue with First Nation communities.


Dr. Terry Harbort, President and CEO, Talisker Resources Ltd.

In revealing their own roots and life experiences, the authors describe how through a process of a process of self-reflection, understanding and respect, true reconciliation is possible.


Michael McGee, Economic Development Coordinator, Bridge River Indian Band (Xwisten)

As someone fortunate enough to work with Christy and Mike on a day to day basis, I hear their voices on every page. I cannot believe this book hasn’t been written before but I’m very glad that it now has. Let it be your guide and positive change will follow.


Dr. Fletcher Morgan, President and CEO, TDG Gold Ltd.



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