Indigenous consultations in Alberta

Find relevant, up-to-date information for all parties involved in an Indigenous consultation process for regulated activities.

Services and information

Overview

Alberta's management and development of provincial Crown lands and natural resources is subject to its legal and constitutional duty to consult First Nations and, where appropriate, accommodate their interests when Crown decisions may adversely impact their continued exercise of constitutionally protected Treaty rights and traditional uses. Traditional First Nation uses of land include burial grounds, gathering sites, and historical or ceremonial locations and do not refer to proprietary interests in the land.

Alberta also consults with Metis Settlements on potential adverse impacts of Crown decisions on Metis Settlement members’ harvesting and traditional use activities.

  • Consultation is a process intended to understand and consider the potential adverse impacts of anticipated Crown decision on First Nations and Metis settlements, with a view to substantially address them.

Alberta consultation policies

First Nations policy

When the Crown contemplates a decision on land / natural resource management that has the potential to adversely impact First Nations’ Treaty rights or traditional uses, the Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 is applied.

First Nations guidelines

To clarify expectations (including roles and responsibilities) of all parties involved in a consultation process, the Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management 2014 is available.

Metis Settlements policy

When the Crown contemplates a decision on land / natural resource management that has the potential to adversely impact Metis settlement members’ harvesting or traditional use activities, the Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015 is applied.

Metis Settlements guidelines

The Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management 2016 provide an overview of the steps to follow in the consultation process involving a Metis Settlement.

Aboriginal Consultation Office

Working closely with other government ministries and regulators to ensure that Alberta’s duty to consult is met, the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) reviews regulatory applications for a wide range of developments including:

  • oil sands
  • conventional oil and gas
  • pipelines
  • mining
  • forestry
  • parkland
  • public infrastructure
  • flood recovery / mitigation
  • gravel pits

Consultation guidance

The ACO provides consultation management services in 3 operating regions of the province (PDF, 1.2MB) to First Nations, Metis settlements, Government of Alberta ministries, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), and project proponents.

ACO services include:

  • pre-consultation assessment advice / direction
  • determining if consultation is required
  • providing advice / direction during a consultation process
  • consultation record evaluations
  • assessment of consultation adequacy
  • outreach and training

Proponents are required to submit consultation assessment requests and related consultation files through the Electronic Disposition System (EDS) and are to follow the Government of Alberta’s Proponent Guide to First Nations and Metis Settlements Consultation Procedures (Proponent Guide).

Connect with ACO contacts (PDF, 327 KB) for further information.

Consultation capacity funding

The Indigenous Consultation Capacity Program (ICCP) provides all Indigenous communities who participate in Alberta’s consultation process an annual core funding allotment to assist with consultation-related activities regarding land / natural resource management.

Indigenous contacts

First Nations and Metis Settlements consultation contacts:

Contact

To connect with Indigenous Relations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019

Address:

Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8