Aboriginal Consultation Office

REINSTATEMENT OF CONSULTATION TIMELINE FOR SOME AFFECTED COMMUNITIES:
Please note that the temporary pause of 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 due to wildfires occurring in the Fort McMurray region for Fort McKay First Nation will be lifted as of July 11, 2016.

Please note that the temporary pause of 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 due to wildfires occurring in the Fort McMurray region for Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Fort McMurray #468 First Nation, and Mikisew Cree First Nation was previously lifted as of June 29, 2016.

The postponement for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation will remain in place and be reassessed on an ongoing basis. Please check periodically for updates.

Proponent Guide Updated:
The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) has updated The Government of Alberta’s Proponent Guide to First Nations and Metis Settlements Consultation Procedures (Proponent Guide). For the updated version of the Proponent Guide and an overview of the major changes made to the Proponent Guide, please visit http://indigenous.alberta.ca/proponent-guide.cfm.
 
The 2016 Proponent Guide is applicable to all new applications (Pre-consultation Assessment Requests) received as of 12:00PM on June 6, 2016. All previous applications (those received prior to 12:00PM on June 6, 2016) will continue to be managed under the 2015 version of the Proponent Guide.

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.