We're Hiring: Fisheries Biologist

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Nov 26, 2015 12:05:24 PM


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Topics: Job Listing

We're Hiring: Impact Assessment Specialist- Intermediate

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Nov 26, 2015 11:49:10 AM


Do you have a passion for how people and the environment interact? Are you looking for a meaningful work environment where you can take initiative and think outside the box?

Shared Value Solutions (SVS) is seeking a consultant experienced with technical reviews of environmental assessments and regulatory processes, impact assessments, and the identification of appropriate mitigation, compensation and accommodation measures. Some experience with the Duty to Consult, the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge in environmental processes, and the negotiation of Impact Benefit Agreements (or similar agreements) would be an asset. The ideal person will be highly entrepreneurial and align with our relationship-based approach to business development.

SVS’s office is located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The position will involve some travel in Canada and to northern communities.  

Salary and benefits are competitive and negotiable.


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Archaeology and Indigenous Rights and Interests

Posted by Trieneke Gastmeier

on Nov 25, 2015 2:58:10 PM

Archaeology and Indigenous Rights: Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation community member Carolyn King (left) monitoring an archaeological assessment in the Greater Toronto Area with Shared Value Solutions Archaeologist, Trieneke Gastmeier (right, facing camera)

Who owns the past? Who should have the right (ethically or otherwise) to dig it up?  These are important questions one must consider when working in the field of archaeology.

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Topics: Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

$10,000 Funding for Indigenous communities on Self-Governance & Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Posted by Joy Sammy & Rachel Speiran

on Nov 17, 2015 11:18:28 AM


What is the ‘Self-Governance and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Fund about?

The purpose of this fund is to create or strengthen existing dialogue between Indigenous communities and corporations with respect to Indigenous rights and resources. For more information on FPIC First Peoples provides the “Indigenous Peoples Guidebook on FPIC and Corporation Standards.” Which can be found HERE

First Peoples Worldwide seeks to fund:

  • Self-governance projects: Examples include traditional and contemporary governing structures, election codes, policy formulation, communications and transparency, participation and inclusive representation.
  • FPIC Projects: Examples include formulating and implementing FPIC policies, shareholder advocacy, corporate engagement, technical capacity, negotiations and community organizing.
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Topics: Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards

Indigenous Environmental Monitoring: Why Bother?

Posted by Don Richardson and Scott Mackay

on Nov 13, 2015 10:48:53 AM


Caribou horns of a dilemma: put time, money and energy into developing indigenous environmental monitoring efforts


stick to hiring outside technical consulting firms?

Indigenous Environmental Monitoring: Why Bother?

When big infrastructure and resource extraction projects intersect with traditional territories, many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities get deeply engaged in environmental assessment processes and project implementation agreements (sometimes called Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) or Long-term Relationship Agreements(LTRAs)).  Negotiating comprehensive and meaningful environmental monitoring is usually a key part of these important agreements.  If you are involved in such agreement discussions as a community, company or regulatory representative, at some point, you will make decisions about if, and how, to take on community-based environmental monitoring activities.  

But is it worth putting all the negotiation time and effort into these arrangements between multiple parties, or is it easier to just keep on hiring outside technical consulting firms to do the monitoring work and provide the reports to management or co-management teams?  Is it worth doing the hard upfront negotiation work to put in place environmental monitoring programs?  Putting these together usually involves commitments of time and money for capacity building (e.g. "BEAHR" training for environmental monitors and managers), and organizational development, for indigenous participation in environmental management through environmental committees and ongoing community consultation.  It can be tempting for companies to simply contract outside technical consulting firm.  It can be tempting for indigenous communities to simply receive and review environmental monitoring reports that others create.


As we like to say, "SHIFT HAPPENS": our experience suggests that indigenous environmental monitoring simply makes projects better for all parties.  Environmental monitoring and management programs provide communities with their own eyes, ears and boots on the ground to see for themselves if commitments and environmental enhancement projects are really working.  When enviromental monitoring and management programs are well developed inside IBA or LTRA agreements, they can help detect and respond to the many environmental changes and shifts that happen within and around project life cycles that might otherwise go un- or under-detected.  And indigenous peoples can be enabled to provide services on the ground that are far better tied to local needs than services provided by technical consultants, "from away", who provide monitoring services for hire.  

Having ‎indigenous monitors working for and reporting to indigenous communities can be supplemented with indigenous monitors as employees or contractors of the company who can communicate in an informed way (with whistle-blower protection) to the community about what happens day-in and day-out on the project site with respect to monitoring, protection, or event response. This benefits all parties. With more and more focus on the rights of indigenous peoples, "Free, Prior and Informed Consent" and indigenous and industry partnerships, indigenous enviornmental monitoring and management simply makes good sense - and it is here to stay.

The following list of benefits is based on recent Shared Value Solutions' experiences with First Nation environmental monitors on mining, oil and gas, power, and pipeline projects, and negotiation discussions on integrating Métis environmental monitors and Inuit environmental monitors within a variety of "follow-on" programs tied to environmental assessments, IBAs and LTRAs in Canada.  

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Topics: BEAHR Training, Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships, Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards