10th Anniversary (2006 - 2016)

The following activities may be recommended to proponents:

Pre-Application Stage

Early Planning:

  • Approaching the Province to determine which First Nations to engage

  • Obtaining information about the First Nations in the project area including relevant information regarding history, economy, and political/governance structures


  • Advising Provincial government staff of intentions to engage with First Nations
  • Informing and involving First Nations in the planning phase of their proposed project
  • Learning about the First Nation’s Aboriginal Interests and other interests in the area and planning accordingly
  • Keeping First Nations advised of project milestones, including application submission dates.

Application Stage

  • 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

Accommodation Stage

  • 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.

Engagement Record Review Stage

  • After First Nations have been given the opportunity to engage with the proponent, the Province will review the proponent’s engagement record and verify any outcomes with First Nations, including identification of Aboriginal Interests that may be impacted,
    the nature of the impacts, and any proposed avoidance, mitigation or other measures to address the First Nations’ concerns.


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.