Changes due to COVID-19

Indigenous communities experiencing challenges due to COVID-19 can apply for a consultation timeline extension. The Aboriginal Consultation Office can grant consultation timeline extensions while Alberta’s public health order remains in effect. To apply, contact your assigned consultation advisor at the Aboriginal Consultation Office (PDF, 77 KB).

Industry proponents are encouraged to discuss and provide support to Indigenous communities with technology solutions while away from their offices, if possible.

If a consultation timeline extension request is approved, it will be applied as follows:

Table 1. Consultation extensions

All timeline days are Alberta government working days.
Level of Consultation Current timeline Total timeline with extension
Level 1
Respond to Project Notification
15 days 20 days
Level 1
Record of Consultation review
5 days 10 days
Level 2
Respond to Project Notification
15 days 20 days
Level 2
Record of Consultation review
5 days 10 days
Level 3
Respond to Project Notification
20 days 30 days
Level 3
Record of Consultation review
10 days 15 days

When a consultation timeline extension is granted and consultation has already been initiated, all procedural aspects of consultation must be complete, including the ROC review period, in order for standard timelines to apply. If the procedural aspects of consultation are not complete, proponents are required to follow the modified timeline extension as described in Table 1. Consultation extensions.

Consultation timeline paused

All Consultation Timelines and Consultation Adequacy Decisions associated with ‘The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management’ and ‘The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management’ are paused for the First Nations and Metis Settlements listed below.

We will reassess in 2 weeks and post updates accordingly.

For proposed projects where all procedural aspects of consultation were completed prior to initiation of a consultation pause, proponents may proceed with submitting records to the Aboriginal Consultation Office for an adequacy review. Note that any additional consultation required as directed in an ‘Adequacy Review Information Request’ may be subject to a consultation pause, as per the listing on this page.

Table 2. First Nations and Metis Settlements

*Most recent update
First Nations and Metis Settlements Consultation Timeline Pause Reinstatement of Consultation Timeline Following Pause Timeline Extension Initiated Reinstatement of Consultation Timeline Following Extension
Alexander First Nation N/A N/A December 2, 2020 August 16, 2021
Aseniwuche Winewak Nation March 26, 2020 April 21, 2020 May 1, 2020 July 13, 2020
    December 2, 2020 August 16, 2021
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
April 30, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 June 16, 2020 June 16, 2020 August 16, 2021
Bigstone Cree Nation April 15, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Blood Tribe March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement March 27, 2020 April 9, 2020 N/A
 
 
June 10, 2020 June 26, 2020 November 27, 2020 January 21, 2021
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation March 24, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 22, 2020 July 3, 2020
July 3, 2020 July 27, 2020 July 27, 2020 August 16, 2021
Elizabeth Metis Settlement March 30, 2020 April 16, 2020 N/A  
Enoch Cree Nation #440 April 9, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Fort McKay First Nation March 24, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
April 30, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 15, 2020 August 16, 2021
Frog Lake First Nation March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Gift Lake Metis Settlement March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
August 13 2020 August 31, 2020    
Horse Lake First Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 January 4, 2021 January 13, 2021
Kapawe'no First Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 June 10, 2020 August 16, 2021
      October 21, 2021* To be determined*
Little Red River Cree Nation March 30, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 23, 2020 August 16, 2021
Louis Bull Tribe March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 July 27, 2020 August 4, 2020
    November 18, 2020 March 25, 2021
    May 12, 2021 August 16, 2021
Lubicon Lake Band March 30, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Mikisew Cree First Nation March 24, 2020 April 21, 2020    
April 29, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 June 16, 2020 June 16, 2020 August 16, 2021
Montana First Nation N/A N/A October 2, 2020 August 16, 2021
O’Chiese First Nation March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 29, 2020 July 28, 2020
    August 13, 2020 August 16, 2021
    October 4, 2021 To be determined
Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement N/A N/A April 23, 2020 August 16, 2021
Paul First Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 June 3, 2020 August 16, 2021
Peerless Trout First Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 23, 2020 June 2, 2020
Siksika Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Stoney (Bearspaw) Band March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 23, 2020 August 16, 2021
Stoney (Chiniki) Band March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 23, 2020 August 16, 2021
Stoney (Wesley) Band March 25, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 23, 2020 August 16, 2021
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Sucker Creek First Nation March 23, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 23, 2020 April 28, 2020
April 28, 2020 June 1, 2020 January 14, 2021 May 26, 2021
Sunchild First Nation N/A N/A May 4, 2020 July 6, 2020
Swan River First Nation April 1, 2020 April 21, 2020 January 14, 2021 August 16, 2021
Whitefish Lake First Nation March 24, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  
Woodland Cree First Nation March 24, 2020 April 21, 2020 N/A  

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