Frequently Asked Questions - First Nations Engagement
One of the best methods to reduce resource development and environmental/cultural conflict is to share the information available with all interested parties. Identifying the values important to each First Nation ensures that these values are recognized and considered early in the application process. Sensitive data and information can be protected, and transparent and regular reporting on the information important to First Nations can occur.
Area-based Analysis was introduced to First Nations in conjunction with FLNRO’s (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) presentation on cumulative effects during two workshops in January 2013 in Fort St John. First Nations unanimously requested, and the FLNRO and the Commission committed to working directly with each community to define specific interests and next steps.
Since then the FLNRO and the Commission have participated in further engagement with all First Nations in the northeast region by providing background materials, holding face-to-face meetings with interested First Nations within their communities and distributing both the draft assessment report completed for the South Peace area and the methods paper for the ABA approach.
Many First Nations have chosen to work directly with the FLNRO and the Commission specifically on incorporating First Nations values of interest, providing additional data and reviewing the preliminary assessment methods and results.
Most Consultation Process Agreements (CPA) are being re-negotiated and alternative approaches such as ABA being brought forward in discussion with application consultation processes.
Area-based Analysis (ABA) is intended to provide a structured assessment of values for consideration in decision making. ABA could include an assessment of those resource values that are important to or contribute to the practice of treaty rights. Preliminary discussions have commenced with some First Nations communities on how to develop a structured assessment of specific environmental, cultural and heritage values within ABA that are tied to the practice of treaty rights.