The Conference’s Social Affairs Department participated in the creation of the ecumenical Inter-church Project on Northern Development, also known as Project North. It focused on treaty and Aboriginal rights and the just settlement of land claims and promoted the search for equitable forms of development in response to proposals for energy resource megaprojects in Northern Canada. In 1988, Project North became the Aboriginal Rights Coalition. In 2001 it joined other coalitions to form Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.