Please note that all Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) consultation timelines will be temporarily paused for a two week (10 business day) period to recognize seasonal closures.
The pause dates for the 2016/2017 season are:
December 26-30, 2016 and January 2-6, 2017

Aboriginal Consultation Office

The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO), reporting to the Minister of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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.