Aboriginal Consultation Office

Please note that due to wildfires occurring in the Fort McMurray region, 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  will temporarily be paused for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Fort McMurray #468 First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation, starting on May 4, 2016.  These postponements will be reassessed on a daily basis. Please check this page for updates as to when consultation timelines will be reinstated. (http://www.aboriginal.alberta.ca/576.cfm)

Metis Settlements Consultation
The Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015 (Policy) and The Government of Alberta's Guidelines on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2016 (Guidelines) were released on April 4, 2016. The Aboriginal Consultation Office is now providing consultation direction in accordance with the Policy and Guidelines. For more information regarding Alberta's Policy and Guidelines, please refer to the Indigenous Consultation Policy and Guidelines page.

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.