Incorporating and Considering Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Assessments in Canada – We want to hear from you!

Posted by admin

on Jul 18, 2017 11:44:56 AM


"How do Environmental Assessment (EA) Professionals experience the requirements and process to incorporate Indigenous Knowledge (IK)* in environmental assessments?”

That is the question that researchers are asking for a joint research study between Shared Value Solutions and the University of Guelph.


We are trying to learn more about the benefits and challenges of incorporating IK into EAs as EA practitioners perceive them. We seek a representative sample of information from people who work in government, industry, and in Indigenous communities who are faced with decisions about using (or consenting to the use of) IK in their own or others’ EA-related analysis and reporting. Ultimately, it is the goal of our research to clarify and improve EA practice in this area, and to do so by publishing the results of this and subsequent research in refereed academic and other media and forums (academic and professional). Your contribution to these efforts is important and appreciated.


The survey should take you 10-15 minutes. This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants and has been assigned protocol #16OC013.  The survey closes September 30, 2017 and results will later be posted on this website.


If you are willing to take our survey on incorporating and considering Indigenous knowledge in Environmental Assessments, please follow the links below for more information.


Please select the category of practitioner that best describes you, and follow the survey link:


If you are Indigenous, represent an Indigenous community, or work for an Indigenous organization  

 Click Here


If you work in the government sector, 

Click Here


 If you work in Industry (e.g. Industry Project Proponent or Engineering or Environmental Consultant for a Proponent), 

Click Here


Thank you again for your time.  If you are interested in information related to Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, or approaches to Traditional Knowledge Studies and weaving Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Environmental Impact Assessments, click here to read many other related posts.

* An FYI - when we refer to Indigenous Knowledge, we include variations of this term, including Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge Studies, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Indigenous Knowledge Studies.


Scott MacKay

Managing Partner

Shared Value Solutions

Leah Culver


Shared Value Solutions

Thomas McIlwraith


University of Guelph


Researcher Human Environment Consultant, Leah Culver and  Darrell Settee, Pimicikamak knowledge holder


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About Us - Shared Value Solutions Ltd.:


Shared Value Solutions (SVS) has an unshakable commitment to a land where all peoples can reach their full potential, share prosperity, and uphold their rights. We believe all of this begins and ends with healthy lands and waters.

SVS is a small, rapidly growing 20-person environmental and community development consulting firm located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, that works primarily for and with Indigenous clients. 

We assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and private sector companies in coming together to create shared value for all parties involved. Our values are to “have fun, make money, do good, and do good work”.

We are a B Corp and we bring the best engineering, design, environment, architecture and other technical discipline expertise to address your challenges and opportunities: 

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Topics: Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, research

Eagle Eye: July 2017 Funding Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jul 4, 2017 3:37:26 PM

We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  
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Topics: Funding

Indigenous Consent: Prosperity, Stewardship, Jurisdiction

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jun 10, 2017 10:19:33 AM

Indigenous Consent: Prosperity, Stewardship, Jurisdiction and Major Projects

Lawyers from a premier law firm acting for Indigenous people across Canada recently penned an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail on what "consent" means to major projects in Canada.  Ottawa recently dropped its rejection to an important UN resolution on Indigenous consent – the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  For project proponents, it is important to understand what this means, and this Globe opinion piece is a must read.

As the article notes, there “have been some instances of consent on projects in Canada. These have occurred when businesses have been willing to openly negotiate the terms of their projects with local Indigenous communities, provide them with the time and support they need to assess their interest, share in the benefits of those projects, and agree to walk away or otherwise modify projects to the extent impacts are eliminated if the communities are not interested.”  But this is not, yet, the typical case.

“Healthy relationships are based on consent - – consent that is truly free, prior, and informed.”

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Topics: Indigenous Rights and Interests

Moving Towards Self-Governance and Management of First Nations Reserve Lands: Land Code Communities

Posted by Alison Fraser

on May 15, 2017 10:19:54 AM

In 1990, a group of First Nations Chiefs came together to request that their communities be given the opportunity to manage their reserve lands. This was primarily driven by their frustration with lack of control over lands, which was impeding progress on economic development within their communities.  In short, they were not able to “move at the speed of business” because of Indian Act- imposed processes about land-use on reserve.  Shortly thereafter, the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA) was developed and adopted.    Specifically, the FNLMA allows communities to opt out of sections of the Indian Act pertaining to lands management.  Communities that choose to follow this lands management pathway, can apply to enter into a Framework Agreement with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC, formerly AANDC) and develop a Land Code to assert jurisdiction over their reserve lands. Eligibility of a community is based on a review of the First Nations General Assessment by INAC, which includes a review of the financial stability of the community. 

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Topics: Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards, Land Code, First Nation Land Management Act

Traditional Knowledge Interview Training: Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre

Posted by Jessica Steiner

on May 9, 2017 10:09:09 AM

Thanks to to the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries  Resource Centre for inviting us to facilitate Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Interview Training in North Bay, Ontario. Our team members had a great time connecting with the AOFRC staff and representatives from 12 different First Nation communities from all over Ontario. Indigenous knowledge matters, and capacity building in Aboriginal communities for traditional knowledge gathering and documenting is very important.  Check out the video below.

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Topics: Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies, training, Capcity Building

Eagle Eye: May 2017 Funding Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 9, 2017 9:48:34 AM

We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  
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Topics: Funding

Tired of NEB Pipeline Whack-a-Mole? There's an App for That!

Posted by Don Richardson

on Apr 22, 2017 8:01:06 PM

“Canada is a vast nation with a diverse energy mix. A better understanding of what energy is produced, as well as how, when and where it’s transported will lead to a more informed energy dialogue across the country.”

– Peter Watson, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Board


Tired of NEB Pipeline Whack-a-Mole?

National Energy Board (NEB) regulated pipelines transport millions of litres of oil and gas under our feet every day.  The network of pipelines is vast.  In 2016, pipelines regulated by the NEB moved over a billion barrels of liquid products alone.  We spend a lot of time with pipeline maps, in relation to pipelines and Indigenous jurisdiction, Indigenous land use planning, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous environmental monitoring and Indigenous Guardians programs or related BEAHR training.  A good pipeline mapping app would be nice.

If you've ever tried to figure out where a NEB regulated pipeline is located and what's flowing through it, you know it can be difficult.  But your days of playing pipeline whack-a-mole on Google may soon be over.  The National Energy Board (NEB) recently launched a new interactive online tool providing information on what products are moving through NEB-regulated pipelines.

 Map image from the NEB's Interactive Pipeline Map, including dots with reported incidents

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Topics: Pipelines, Indigenous Environmental Monitoring

We're Hiring: Archaeologist / Cultural Heritage Specialist

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Apr 18, 2017 9:14:09 AM


Are you an experienced Archaeologist and / or Cultural Heritage Specialist who is looking for an opportunity to make a difference with your work? This might be the job for you! The person we are seeking will have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience completing Archaeology and Cultural Heritage studies. SVS’s Archaeologist will work collaboratively with our team and clients to:

  • Undertake third-party technical peer reviews of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Studies on behalf of our Indigenous community clients
  • Deliver Archaeological Monitoring training and capacity building to First Nations, Metis and Inuit organizations and individuals
  • Provide other consultation and regulatory process support as needed

Salary and benefits are competitive and negotiable.

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Topics: Job Listing

Eagle Eye: Spring 2017 - Funding, News and Updates

Posted by Don Richardson

on Mar 31, 2017 4:27:11 PM

The Eagle Eye newsletter will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they may mean for you and the communities with which you work.  We've also got our sights set on a number of funding deadlines in the coming months that could be of interest to our client community. 


In This Issue:
  • There's Still Time: Apply for the 2017 Shared Value Internship Program
  • The New Federal Budget: What's There, What's Not
  • Canada Launches New $325M Atlantic Fisheries Fund
  • NEB Modernization Process: What We're Hearing From Communities Across Canada
  • New Faces at SVS: Meet Amanda and Alex!
  • Upcoming Funding Opportunities
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Topics: Funding, Eagle Eye

What does the 2017 Federal Budget mean for Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Mar 31, 2017 2:06:47 PM

Last week the Trudeau government tabled its second budget of its 4-year term with large emphasis being placed on skills and innovation that strengthen the middle classinvestments that improve infrastructure (including infrastructure on reserves and in rural and Northern) communities, and strengthening Canada at home and abroad. In this blog post we provide a round-up of funding that has been committed, what's missing, and where to go from here. 

Overall, the federal budget commits to providing $3.4 billion in new money over the next five years for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and communities. This money is in addition to the $8.4 billion announced in last year’s federal budget which was also spread over five years. (Source: APTN)

The two figures would bring total new federal investments targeting Indigenous peoples and communities to $14 billion by 2021-2022—two years after the next federal election. (Source: APTN)

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Topics: Indigenous Rights and Interests, federal policy