Yeah, at some point it's more a common sense thing, but since more specific opportunities for consultation exist with the Cree compared to earlier examples like the Iroquois it'd be interesting if those avenues were explored someday.
Civ has always felt like a piece of media that has the potential to be a powerful education tool (and there was a version of Civ V which attempted this more closely) so the more voices they can get in the chorus the better.
e: supposedly, Firaxis talked to the Pueblo nation when they were developing the Civ V expansions and were asked not to put them in, so maybe this time around they decided it's easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission. Also supposedly (very supposedly; I have no idea if any
of the chatter I see elsewhere has verification) the Cree's music for Civ VI was performed by Cree singers from Poundmaker's extended family and they really enjoyed the experience.
But now that a lot of Canadian media has picked up the story the initial reaction sounds much more tempered than it seemed to be as reported by some of the games press.https://globalnews.ca/news/3945188/poun ... vilzation/
Tootoosis said the inclusion of Poundmaker is an example of cultural appropriation, but he acknowledged the depiction of the chief shown in the game’s trailer is largely positive.
“I was quite impressed that they would make reference to Chief Poundmaker as a diplomat and as an individual who played a key role in the development of this new nation called Canada,” he said.
Tootoosis also said the game will likely create widespread interest in Poundmaker, which could lead to better public awareness of the Plains Cree.