Aboriginal Consultation Office
New Process for Submitting First Nations Consultation Assessment Requests for WA and EPEA Applications
As of September 1st 2015, proponents applying to AER will be required to submit their Assessment Requests for WA and EPEA applications to the ACO through the EDS. Please check the Updates on the WA and EPEA Applications page for more information e.g. Messaging, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Instructions Document etc.
The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO), reporting to the Minister of Aboriginal Relations, was created on November 1st, 2013 as a result of The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Resource Management, 2013. The ACO merged consultation and advisory services that used to be provided by both Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Aboriginal Relations. The ACO offers a one-window approach that has enhanced coordination of Alberta’s consultation process, and service delivery to First Nations, industry and Alberta ministries. The ACO manages all aspects of consultation, including:
- Policy development and implementation
- Pre-consultation assessment
- Management and execution of the consultation process
- Assessment of consultation adequacy
- Consultation capacity building initiatives with First Nations
The ACO is aligned with other regulatory bodies to ensure Aboriginal and Treaty rights, as well as traditional uses, 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 to enhancing consultation in Alberta.