CONSULTATION TIMELINE PAUSE:
Please note that 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 are temporarily paused due to unexpected circumstances for the Doig River First Nation from January 4-19, 2018 inclusive.

CONSULTATION TIMELINE PAUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS:  
Alberta acknowledges that some First Nations and Metis Settlements may close their consultation offices for the holiday season. As a result, the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) will not use the period of December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 (inclusive) for calculating consultation timelines associated with First Nations and Metis Settlement consultation process; this includes:
     -  the time a First Nation or Metis Settlement has to respond to notification of a project;
     -  the time a First Nation or Metis Settlement has to review a Record of Consultation log, and
     -  the time to review and respond to a project follow up.
Pre-consultation Assessment Requests and Adequacy Assessments Requests submitted prior to the above noted timeline will continue to be reviewed as normal by the ACO until end of working day on December 22, 2017. The ACO will be closed for regular operation from December 23, 2017 to January 1, 2018 (inclusive).

Aboriginal Consultation Office

The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) manages the following aspects of Alberta's First Nations and Metis Settlements consultation processes:

  • Pre-consultation assessment
  • Management of the consultation process
  • Assessment of consultation adequacy

The ACO is aligned with other regulatory bodies to ensure First Nation's Treaty rights and traditional uses, as well as Metis Settlements members’ harvesting and traditional use activities, 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 of enhancing consultation in Alberta.

Reporting to the Minister of Indigenous Relations, the ACO was created on November 1, 2013 and is governed by

  • The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013; and
  • The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015.

For more information on these policies, please visit: