Indigenous Consultation Policies and Guidelines Renewals

Indigenous Relations is leading a comprehensive renewal of Alberta's Indigenous consultation policies and guidelines as part of our commitment to strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation, and to respond to the evolving needs of industry and all Albertans.

Currently, we are working on three policies and associated guidelines regarding consultation with Alberta’s Indigenous peoples, as well as an initiative to enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to participate in consultation:

  1. A renewal of the Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 and associated guidelines;
  2. A renewal of the Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015 and associated guidelines;
  3. The development of the Métis Consultation Policy on Land and Natural Resource Management; and
  4. Exploring options to enhance the consultation capacity of First Nations and Metis Settlements, replacing the recently repealed Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act (Bill 22).

In addition, we will be exploring the possibility of a legislative approach to Indigenous consultation on land and natural resource management in Alberta, with regards to the above three policies and the capacity initiative.

Recent actions

The first phase of our engagement plan with First Nations began in the summer of 2016, and concluded in April, 2017. The Ministry of Indigenous Relations began engaging with Treaty 6 First Nations in the summer of 2016, and Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 engagement began in early 2017.  Indigenous Relations staff has met with most First Nations individually to hear their unique perspectives and concerns. During this time, we engaged with major industry and municipal associations, Government of Alberta regulatory ministries, and political leaders from all of the Treaty areas. The first phase of our engagement plan with the Metis in Alberta began in fall, 2017. Indigenous Relations will meet with the Metis Settlement General Council to initiate the discussion of the renewal of the Metis Settlement Consultation Policy, as well as meet with the Metis Nation of Alberta to discuss the development of a Metis consultation policy.

+ How we’re engaging

Our approach to engagement encourages and supports the full participation of First Nations, industry and stakeholders. Our approach includes:

  • One-to-one engagement with First Nations
  • Hosting engagement sessions with industry, municipalities and stakeholders

+ About the Policy and Guidelines

Alberta respects First Nations’ constitutionally protected Treaty rights and understands the important role these rights have in maintaining cultures and traditional ways of life. Alberta also recognizes that there are Metis living in this province who have constitutional rights to use the land for harvesting and for engaging in traditional customs and practices.

The First Nations consultation policy is in effect when Crown decisions on land and natural resource management may adversely impact Treaty rights or traditional uses.

The Metis Settlements Consultation Policy is in effect when Crown decisions on land and natural resource management may adversely impact Metis harvesting and traditional use activities.

Find out more about Alberta’s Indigenous Consultation Policies and Guidelines

+ What is the Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative?

Alberta has committed to work with First Nations, Metis and stakeholders to explore ideas to enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to participate in consultation, helping to ensure that communities have adequate supports to allow for meaningful participation. This initiative would effectively replace the recently repealed Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act (Bill 22).

+ Engagement activities timeline

  • Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan met in late spring of 2016 with Treaty 6 leadership to initiate renewal discussions.
  • Engagement meetings with Treaty 6 First Nations took place in summer and fall 2016.
  • Engagement meetings with Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 First Nations took place from January to April 2017.
  • In April 2017, Minister Feehan met with the Chiefs of Treaties 6, 7 and 8, and with industry, municipalities, and other stakeholders.

Indigenous Relations is currently planning further engagements in into the spring of 2018.

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