First Nations Consultation Policy and Guidelines Renewal 2016

Alberta is undertaking a comprehensive renewal of Alberta's First Nations Consultation Policy and Guidelines to ensure they are responsive to the evolving needs of First Nations, as well as industry and other stakeholders. The renewal of the First Nations Consultation Policy is a key part of Alberta’s plan to align its programs and policies with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Relations has begun engagement with Treaty 6 First Nations, and we are discussing engagement plans with Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 First Nations and political leadership.

Indigenous Relations sent letters to major industry and municipal associations on June 3, 2016, confirming our intention to engage with them during the renewal.

We’ll be providing regular updates on the status of the policy renewal on this page to help ensure that First Nations, industry, and municipalities have access to the most up-to-date information on the renewal process.

+ How we’re engaging

The First Nations Consultation Policy renewal will be inclusive and responsive by encouraging and supporting the full participation of First Nations in Alberta, as well as industry and other stakeholders.

During the policy renewal, Alberta will directly engage First Nations on a one-to-one basis to gain input on how Alberta’s Consultation Policy can be improved. Alberta will also be exploring with First Nations and stakeholders an enhanced consultation capacity initiative to enhance the capacity of First Nations to participate in Alberta’s consultation process.

Engagement sessions will also be hosted with industry and municipalities to gain their input on how to improve Alberta’s approach to First Nations consultation.

+ About the Policy and Guidelines

Alberta respects First Nations’ constitutionally protected Treaty rights and understands the important role these rights have in maintaining First Nations’ cultures and traditional ways of life.

The First Nations Consultation Policy is in effect when Crown decisions on land and natural resource management may adversely impact Treaty rights or traditional uses. The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 (the Policy) was approved by Cabinet and publicly released in 2013, and the associated Guidelines were released in 2014.

Find out more about Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy and Guidelines

+ What is the Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative?

The Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative will replace the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act (ACLA), which was repealed by the legislature on May 27, 2016. This initiative is part of a renewed relationship with First Nations and a commitment to explore options, in collaboration with First Nations and stakeholders, on enhancing the consultation capacity of First Nations in Alberta. Engagement on the Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative will be part of the Policy renewal.

+ What’s happening?

On June 13, 2016, Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan met with Treaty 6 leadership to initiate renewal discussions. Treaty 6 First Nation Consultation Coordinators have been contacted to schedule engagement meetings, and meetings are now occurring throughout Treaty 6.

Plans for initiating engagement are in progress with Treaty 7 and 8 First Nations and political leadership.

Letters were mailed to industry associations on June 5, 2016, stating Alberta’s intention to engage industry in both Edmonton and Calgary in 2016. Dates will be forthcoming.

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