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Protocol agreements provide a framework for continued collaboration between the provincial government and First Nations in Alberta. They support meaningful discussion, information sharing, and the exploration of issues of mutual concern.
Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
The Protocol Agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations for Discussions on Matters of Mutual Concern was signed in December 2020 by the Premier, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations.
The agreement creates a framework for both groups to work together on the following issues:
- land and resources
- economic development
- culture and tourism
Stoney Nakoda-Tsuut’ina Tribal Council
The Protocol Agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Stoney Nakoda-Tsuut’ina Tribal Council for Discussions on Matters of Mutual Concern was signed in October 2020 by the Premier, the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Chiefs of the Stoney Nakoda-Tsuut’ina Tribal Council.
The agreement commits both parties to engage in mutual government-to-government discussions on these topics:
- economic growth
- family services and housing
The Protocol between the Government of Alberta and the Blackfoot Confederacy for Discussions on Matters of Mutual Concern, was signed in September 2019 by the Premier, the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Chiefs of the Blackfoot Confederacy. This renews the government-to-government relationship signed in 2017.
The agreement sets out ways the Blackfoot Confederacy Chiefs and the government will work together to address topics such as:
- environment and lands
- economic development and employment
- political and legal
The 3 protocol agreements are to remain in place for as long as each party wishes to keep them active. As per each agreement, meetings will continue to occur:
- monthly between designated senior officials from both parties to create work plans, accomplish deliverables and draft annual reports
- regularly between designated Chiefs and Ministers to approve work plans
- annually between the Premier of Alberta, lead Ministers, Chiefs and designated senior officials to discuss annual reports