AWN has taken a leadership role in developing consultation protocols that consistently produce positive results.
By recognizing our role as caretakers of the Earth and the value of our traditional knowledge, we provide guidance, leadership and work in partnership to achieve environmentally sustainable development and biodiversity, so that future generations can live a traditional way of life.
Consultation & Partnership
For the first time in our history, Aboriginal People, a People with intimate ties to the land and all Creation, have garnered the attention of the courts and governments. We have the unique challenge and opportunity to impart our ways, thoughts and values into policy development. This recognizes our position as caretakers of the earth and enables us to work in true collaboration with industry and government. We depend on the land, and we want to make sure that future generations of all Albertans can enjoy its beauty and bounty.
We believe that successful consultation integrates traditional knowledge and western science. We want to work in a "partnership of equals" with all users of the land to produce the best possible development and mitigation plans. Our consultation program consistently produces timely results that are mutually beneficial. The Program honours community values and the desire for preservation of ecosystem integrity. It also respects other land users' interests.
AWN Consultation Program
The Province of Alberta recently introduced The Alberta First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development. The policy requires resource developers to consult with impacted Aboriginal communities. However, it does not provide regulated procedures or clear direction about what constitutes adequate consultation.
AWN has taken a leadership role in developing consultation protocols that consistently produce positive results. This effective and pragmatic approach is captured in the 2007 handbook, “Living in Two Worlds: A Balanced Approach to Consultation”. Successful consultation has led to numerous Cooperation Agreements with industry, which outline mutually beneficial opportunities.
We believe that successful consultation integrates traditional knowledge and western science. We want to work in a “partnership of equals” with all users of the land to produce the best possible development and mitigation plans.
Our consultation program consistently produces timely results that are mutually beneficial. The Program honours community values and the desire for preservation of ecosystem integrity. It also respects other land user’s interests.
The Consultation Program is seen as the first step in developing best practices for Alberta resource development. Integrating Aboriginal values and traditional knowledge into current government processes will help resource developers be able to review and respond to Aboriginal interests and concerns.
AWN fully supports the development of integrated resource and land management at a landscape level that is inclusive of all values and knowledge. By working together on policies that reduce impact, AWN, government and industry can help create a sustainable environment. The Consultation Program will influence the development of provincial policy, guidelines and regulations that will help promote a healthy, sustainable environment for all Albertans.
AWN uses an online TLU Industry Application Portal to process proposed projects from industry companies such as Oil & Gas, Forestry, Mining and other various developments. Industry companies can login to the portal, enter their project information, upload their documents and submit to AWN. The consultation department then processes the application through their Review Process, reviewing projects on a two week schedule, then provide a response to the company. AWN will respond within 21 business days from receiving the project notification. The TLU Industry Application Portal is an efficient and environmentally conscious way to communicate project information.
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