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Ministry Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Consulting First Nations

The Province is legally obligated to consult and accommodate (where required) First Nations on land and resource decisions that could impact their Aboriginal Interests.

When consulting, government officials are guided by the interim Updated Procedures for Meeting Legal Obligations When Consulting First Nations.  These procedures provide a consistent and transparent process for provincial ministries and agencies, First Nations and proponents while safeguarding Aboriginal Interests in a manner consistent with the law.  The procedures provide a baseline for government to meet its legal obligations.  They do not replace or supersede the development of treaties, relationships, shared decision-making arrangements or other agreements.

Procedures for Meeting Legal Obligations When Consulting First Nations

The procedures were released in July 2010 as interim in order to review them with First Nations. 

To view the document, click on Updated Procedures for Meeting Legal Obligations When Consulting First Nations: Interim

Guide to Involving Proponents When Consulting First Nations

The purpose of this document is to provide operational guidance to provincial decision makers and staff respecting the role of proponents in consultation. It is to be used in conjunction with the Updated Procedures for Meeting Legal Obligations When Consulting First Nations.

To view the document, click on Guide to Involving Proponents When Consulting First Nations – Updated January 2014.  To download the communications log excel document, click on Proponent: First Nation Engagement Communication Log

Building Relationships with First Nations: Respecting Rights and Doing Good Business

To foster better relationships between business and First Nations, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation has released a guide called Building Relationships with First Nations: Respecting Rights and Doing Good Business. This plain-language guide provides practical advice on strategies to help businesses develop strong working relationships with First Nations.

To view the document click on Building Relationships with First Nations: Respecting Rights and Doing Good Business (English),  (Mandarin), (Japanese), (Korean)

Other Resources

Proponents Guide to First Nation Consultation in the Environmental Assessment Process  This guide is intended to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Provincial Crown and Proponents in First Nation consultation throughout an environmental assessment (EA) process, setting the stage for successful relationships between government, proponents and First Nations.

Proponent Guide to Major Mines Projects  This guide is intended for proponents of major mine projects preparing to apply for multiple permits, licences or other authorizations to construct and operate a mine in the Province of British Columbia.

Guide to Coordinated Authorizations for Major Mines  This guide is targeted primarily at provincial government staff involved in the review of applications for major mine authorizations. However, it is expected to be useful to other participants in the process, including First Nations, federal government agencies, international jurisdictions, local and regional governments, mine proponents and the public.

Clean Energy Production in BC: An Interagency Guide Book for Proponents This guidebook brings together statutory, regulatory, and procedural information from resource-based ministries and agencies involved with the review of Clean Energy Projects.

Consultative Area Database (CAD)  The Province’s Consultative Areas Database is an online interactive map that allows the general public, industry, other governments and First Nations to identify First Nations who have interests in a specific area. This tool is not definitive and should be in conjunction with government advice.

Other Links

Judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada 
First Peoples Language Map of British Columbia
Aboriginal Engagement in the Mining and Energy Sectors (Natural Resources Canada)
Atlas of Canada – Aboriginal Peoples (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

First Nation Profiles (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)