Resource Stewardship Programs
5.1 Strengthening the Knowledge Base
· Sponsors: Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA), which is made up of 27 member organizations including 5 First Nations, Athabasca tribal Council and Metis Local #122 (Fort McKay)
· Monitors and provides accurate, transparent and understandable information regarding environmental air quality in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta
· Sponsors: Alberta Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Alberta Energy, Western Economic Diversification Canada
· Describes best practices and provides other information that can guide companies and other parties interested in undertaking traditional use studies in Alberta.
· Sponsor: Prince Albert Model Forest
· A partnership of First Nations, industry, governments and public stakeholders for planning and sustainable management of the forest ecosystem and land base through research, education and integrated use of all forest resources.
· Sponsors: Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP), which is made up of 26 member organizations including 5 First Nations, Athabasca Tribal Council, and Metis Locals #122 (Fort McKay) and #124 (Fort Chipewyan)
· Integrates aquatic monitoring activities so that long-term trends, regional issues and potential cumulative effects related to oil sands development can be identified and addressed.
· Sponsors: West Fraser Mills Ltd., Foothills Model Forest
· Documents traditional information and knowledge including identification of sensitive cultural sites in the Foothills Model Forest, and facilitates consultation between resource companies and Aboriginal communities.
· Sponsor: Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
· Assists Aboriginal communities to collect and record traditional land use information that can be used to facilitate and inform planning and management decisions on resource access and development.
5.2 Implementing Consultation Processes
· Sponsor: Enbridge Inc.
· Facilitates Aboriginal engagement and builds relationships between Enbridge and key communities between Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the north-central west coast of British Columbia.
· Sponsor: Terasen Inc.
· Creates reasonable economic opportunities for affected Aboriginal communities while at the same time respecting Aboriginal rights.
· Sponsor: Gecko Management Consultants
· Provides emergency response planning, including consultation, to companies operating in close proximity to Aboriginal residents and communities.
· Sponsor: World Bank International Finance Corporation (IFC)
· Provides guidance on the principles and process to be followed in public consultation and disclosure with the aim of building not only financially successful projects, but environmentally and socially responsible ones as well.
· Sponsor: Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
· Provides an overview of legal principles relating to Aboriginal consultation on Crown land in Alberta for resource developers.
· Sponsors: ATC/ All Parties Core Agreement
· Defines expectations for standards of consultation that will be utilized by First Nations and industry parties who are the signatories to the Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC)/ All Parties Core Agreement.