in Greenland, as opposed to what has become the model for business and governments now, derived from European development of law and private enterprise distresses me. Most places in the world until relatively recently, i.e. the 20th Century held land in common. Greenland, as a colony of Denmark falls under Danish law. Perhaps the Danes are as self serving as every other invader has been over the rights of the native populations.
It as sad to me to see Canada involved in a piece of doubtful moral practice as it is for me to see any country mistreat or legally cheat its indigenous population. Colonialism from the 16th Century forward has been an embarrassment to at least some people in those colonialist countries since the 18th Century, though that isn't how the colonialists at the time viewed it. It is easy to rationalize the dispossession of poor indigenous inhabitants in order to make a profit off mineral rights on their lands.
Think the British in South Africa, first gold, and then diamonds, chasing the first colonizers, the Dutch, further and further north. Both the Dutch and the British pushed the native population around.
I may be a one note tune, but I don't trust governments in collusion with business and vice versa, especially in the face of a prior claim, though it would be necessary to prove the prior native usage of the rubies.
This is the same issue as used to be true of companies who bought mineral rights for a few dollars, and then displaced the land owners because they were in the way of the coal seams their homes were on top of.
In Alberta there is a problem over what are called Sour Gas wells. This is natural gas contaminated with hydrogen sulphide. The way it appears to be handled is to light it on fire, and let it pollute the neighbouring areas. It can burn for years. Cattle deaths and crop failures have been attributed but the provincial government is in bed with the oil companies who provide massive revenue, and a lot of political support to the business friendly political party who have been running the province for a long time.
There appears to be no escape from these situations.