CONSULTATION TIMELINE PAUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
In light of the holiday season, Alberta acknowledges that there will be some First Nation and Metis Settlement office closures and will pause consultation activities from December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 inclusive. This time period will not be used or included when calculating timelines/deadlines for consultation.

CONSULTATION TIMELINE PAUSE:
Please note that all consultation timelines and consultation adequacy decisions associated with The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management are temporarily paused due to wildfires for the Siksika First Nation from October 18-25, 2017 inclusive.

CONSULTATION TIMELINE PAUSE:
Please note that all consultation timelines and consultation adequacy decisions associated with The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management are temporarily paused due to wildfires for the Blood Tribe from September 13-22, 2017 inclusive.

Aboriginal Consultation Office

The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) manages the following aspects of Alberta's First Nations and Metis Settlements consultation processes:

  • Pre-consultation assessment
  • Management of the consultation process
  • Assessment of consultation adequacy

The ACO is aligned with other regulatory bodies to ensure First Nation's Treaty rights and traditional uses, as well as Metis Settlements members’ harvesting and traditional use activities, are respected in all matters regarding land and natural resource management in Alberta.

The ACO is committed to continuous improvement and will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the ACO delivers on its commitment of enhancing consultation in Alberta.

Reporting to the Minister of Indigenous Relations, the ACO was created on November 1, 2013 and is governed by

  • The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013; and
  • The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015.

For more information on these policies, please visit: