The Inquiry’s final report was released on May 9, 1977. Berger recommended a 10 year moritorum on the pipeline project, and no pipeline has been built since.
The Berger Inquiry is a significant moment in Canadian history where the Canadian state recognized the authority of Indigenous Nations to determine the economic and resource development in their territory. The Berger Inquiry also led to significant changes in the NWT, where Indigenous individuals and nations had a platform to fully represent themselves rather than having the state act on their behalf.
This lesson plan is designed to offer students the opportunity to conduct their own research into different perspectives on the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline Project. They will then be asked to share with the class, and reflect personally on why different parties had different perspectives on the pipeline project.