Engaging and Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities

The Canadian Institute's 5th Annual Forum on Engaging and Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities will be held in Toronto from Tuesday, October 30th to Wednesday, October 31st, 2012. With colleagues from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation Environment Office, Shared Value Solutions Ltd. has developed a pre-conference workshop titled "Developing Critical Tools to Assist Aboriginal Communities with Creating Effective Consultation Protocols" for Monday, October 29th.

The conference program can be applied towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The program can also be used for continuing education credits for the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Barreau du Québec continuing legal education requirements in British Columbia, and the Law Society of Alberta.

The workshop agenda for Monday, October 29th:

1:30PM Developing Critical Tools to Assist Aboriginal Communities with Creating Effective Consultation Protocols
  • Carolyn King Geomatics Environmental Technician Consultation & Outreach Office Lands, Research & Membership Department Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Council
  • Jake Linklater Office Coordinator Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office
  • Don Richardson Managing Partner Shared Value Solutions Ltd.

This is a key seminar for members of Aboriginal communities who are looking to implement an effective consultation protocol, or improve their existing one. Identify key practical components of each stage of the consultation process, and how they can be fulfilled based on your community's realities. You are invited to participate in a round table discussion with your experienced seminar leaders and your fellow peers, on lessons learned, success stories and challenges during community consultation. Leave with the tools necessary to improve your consultations going forward.

  • Developing tools for communities with respect to:
    • Designing consultation tracking systems
    • Consultation protocol agreements
    • Tracking the information management requirements to monitor information coming in and out of a community relating to consultations
    • Mapping cumulative effects
  • Creating effective template letters
  • Identifying dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Ensuring communities are proactive in giving industry clarity on go/no go areas
  • Learning from specific tools that have served other communities well
  • Dissecting the stages to effective consultation from the community side
    • Receiving
      • How do consultations begin?
      • How are communities notified?
    • Analysis
      • How do you analyze a request?
      • What data is important to have? Data shortcomings?
      • How do you operationalize your cultural data sets to support your decision-making?
      • How do you operationalize data on a day-to-day basis to support consultations?
    • Decision
      • What does it look like?
      • From who?
    • Follow-up and monitoring requirements
      • Did the proponents do what they said they were going to do? Did they leave anything behind?


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