New eBook explores how Indigenous Nations are using remote solutions to protect their rights and interests during COVID-19
In the early days of the pandemic as pretty much everything about how we live and work turned on its head ,we wondered how to continue our work and research for Indigenous Nations - and if indeed it would be possible at all. Social distancing, isolation and community shut downs to protect the most vulnerable - including the Elders whose wisdom often guides decision-making - meant that business as usual was, and remains, impossible. However, regulatory processes for development projects such as mines and power projects were marching on in the name of economic recovery.
Now that summer has arrived, we are happy to report that, not only is research possible during the pandemic, it can even better than it was before! A happy surprise benefit from the pandemic-style innovation we've all been forced to explore is that we've stumbled on some ways to make research processes easier, more user-friendly, and more accessible to our clients. We'd go so far as to say it can even be more fun. Out of the necessity of innovation has blossomed a range of possibilities we hadn't imagined back when 2020 was young.
The stories in this eBook were originally published as part of an ongoing blog series that highlights how Indigenous Nations are continuing their important projects during COVID-19. We hope you find it inspiring and useful in your own journey through these uncharted waters - and beyond.
- Remote Research Adventures with the Algonquins of Ontario
- Acho Dene Koe First Nation Benefits from Remote Lands Department During Pandemic
- Shawanaga First Nation Pilots Field Guide to Research During COVID-19
- Your Questions About Remote Work Answered
- Health and Safety Protocols for COVID-19
- Tailgate Temperature Checks: Eagle Lake First Nation Pushes Ahead with Mercury Sampling During Pandemic
Up next: Community Engagement During COVID-19
This series is not over yet. Upcoming topics we're planning to blog about include our various adventure with community engagement, including how our clients have used surveys and Facebook Live updates to reach out to, and hear from, their members.
As usual, we love to hear from you. Any way we can share and amplify your successes, or connect you to others working the same problems, let us know. We are all ears and ready to help. Above all, we hope you are staying safe and well during this very drawn out emergency. We really are all in this together. Stay safe, everyone!
About Us: Shared Value Solutions
We are a Canadian B Corp, and we assist Indigenous communities with support throughout regulatory processes surrounding major development projects like mines, hydroelectric facilities, transmission lines, highway expansions, oil and gas pipelines, natural resource transport applications and nuclear power.
We have deep context and experience behind the recommendations we provide, having worked for our clients on almost every major project in Canada over the last 10 years. For us, it’s all about building long-term relationships with our clients. We want to get to know you and what you want to do so we can help you move your plans forward.
- Reviews of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements
- First Nation Land Code communities
- Indigenous Guardian programs
- Impact Benefit Agreements: technical and regulatory support for negotiations
- Indigenous Jurisdiction initiatives: joint management agreements and co-management agreements
- Community-based Indigenous environmental monitoring
- Indigenous Land Use Planning