Indigenous Consultation Policies and Guidelines
METIS SETTLEMENTS CONSULTATION POLICY
In Fall 2015, Alberta’s Metis Settlements consultation policy, The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015 (Policy) was approved by Cabinet. The Policy was developed in consultation with the Metis Settlements General Council and a working group of Settlement leaders to ensure their interests and issues were well understood. Industry also played a key role in the development of the Policy. It is modeled closely after the current First Nations consultation policy (see below), and establishes, for the first time, a formal consultation process between Alberta, project proponents and the Metis Settlements. The Policy came into force and was publicly released on April 4, 2016 with the release of The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2016 (Guidelines). The Guidelines were similarly modeled after the First Nation consultation Guidelines, and support clarity of roles, transparency and consistency for all stakeholders involved in the consultation process. Implementation of the Policy is consistent with Alberta’s approach to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
The Metis Settlements Consultation Contacts are now available.
Frequently Asked Questions
FIRST NATIONS CONSULTATION POLICY
On August 16, 2013, Alberta’s current First Nations consultation policy, The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 (Policy) was approved by Cabinet and publicly released. The Policy includes a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening Alberta’s First Nation consultation process, including the creation of a centralized Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO), increased consultation capacity funding for First Nations, and a stronger role for Alberta in consultation processes. The Policy came into force on July 28, 2014, with the release of The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, July 28, 2014 (Guidelines). The Guidelines respond to several procedural changes requested by stakeholders, such as the sector-specific consultation matrices and revised consultation timelines. Additionally, the Guidelines, in alignment with the Policy, are aimed at increasing clarity of roles, transparency, and consistency for all involved stakeholders.
Previous Policy and Guidelines:
Any consultation process initiated prior to the release of the new Guidelines on July 28, 2014 will be concluded under the direction of the previous 2007 Guidelines provided below.