The following activities may be recommended to proponents:
Considering the role of the proponent in the consultation process (vs. Province's role)
Province to advise First Nations on proponents role in consultation process
Proponent to carry out consultation activities with assistance from Province
While the duty to consult and accommodate, where appropriate rests with the Province, proponents can assist the Province in
meeting this obligation by considering ways to address concerns or mitigate impacts to Aboriginal Interests.
Community consultation with aboriginal and non-aboriginal stakeholders is firmly entrenched as a key component of the project permitting process.Proponents are encouraged to engage with First Nationsas possible in the planning stage to build relationships an information sharing purposes. Engagement early in the planning stage provides opportunities to identify any concerns by First Nations about the proposed development/activity and may increase the likelihood of successful consultation outcomes. As well, proponents are often in a better position to provide information about their proposed activity directly to the First Nation.