First Nations Consultation Policy and Guidelines Renewal 2016

Indigenous Relations is leading a comprehensive renewal of Alberta's First Nations Consultation Policy and Guidelines to respond to the evolving needs of all parties — First Nations, industry and stakeholders. The renewal of the First Nations Consultation Policy is a key part of Alberta’s broad initiative to align its programs and policies with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are also following through on our commitment to work with First Nations to explore ideas for an enhanced consultation capacity initiative.

First Nations are consulted on a wide range of matters in our province. An enhanced consultation capacity initiative will help to ensure they’re able to participate in these processes in meaningful ways.

Recent actions

Indigenous Relations began engaging with Treaty 6 First Nations in summer 2016, and Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 First Nations in January 2017.

Over the next several months, the department will also engage

  • major industry and municipal associations
  • Government of Alberta regulatory ministries

We’ll be updating this page regularly  so please check back periodically.

+ 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 First Nations’ cultures and traditional ways of life.

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 Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 was approved by Cabinet and publicly released in 2013. The associated Guidelines were released in 2014.

Find out more about Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy and Guidelines

+ What is the Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative?

Alberta has committed to work with First Nations and stakeholders to explore ideas for an Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative.

First Nations are asked to participate in many consultation processes in our province. An Enhanced Consultation Capacity Initiative will help to ensure they have adequate supports to participate meaningfully in these processes.

+ Engagement activities timeline

  • Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan met in June 2016 with Treaty 6 leadership to initiate renewal discussions.
  • The first meetings with Treaty 6 First Nations took place in summer and fall 2016.
  •  Letters were sent to Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 leadership to initiate the renewal in both Treaty areas in December 2016.
  • Engagement meetings with Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 First Nations started in January 2017 and are scheduled into the spring.

Meetings with all Alberta First Nations will continue. Industry engagement sessions will commence in spring of 2017.

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