Consulting with First Nations
The Province is legally obligated to consult and accommodate (where required) First Nations on land and resource decisions that could impact their Aboriginal Interests.
While the Province is responsible for ensuring adequate and appropriate consultation and accommodation, it may involve the proponent in the procedural aspects of consultation.
Proponents are encouraged to engage with First Nations as early as possible in the planning stages to build relationships and for information sharing purposes.
The following guidelines and procedure manuals are designed to assist government officials and proponents with meeting consultation obligations with First Nations.
Engaging First Nations: Proponent Resources
- Building Relationships with First Nations: Respecting Rights and Doing Good Business - English, (Mandarin), (Japanese), and (Korean).
Provides practical advice and strategies to help businesses develop strong working relationships with First Nations.
- Guide to Involving Proponents When Consulting First Nations
Assists the business sector with a better understanding of the range of proponent’s roles in First Nations consultation.
- Proponent: First Nations Engagement Communication Log
A useful tool for proponents to track First Nations engagement communications.
- Updated Procedures for Meeting Legal Obligations When Consulting First Nations
Describes the Province’s approach to consulting and accommodating First Nations where a proposed decision or activity by the Province may affect claimed or proven Aboriginal rights (including title) or treaty rights. Proponents wanting more detailed information on the consultation process may consider reviewing this document in conjunction with the Guide to Involving Proponents When Consulting First Nations.
Sector-Specific Proponent Guides
- Proponents Guide to First Nation Consultation in the Environmental Assessment Process
Clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Provincial Crown and Proponents in First Nation consultation throughout an environmental assessment (EA) process, setting the stage for successful relationships between government, proponents and First Nations.
- Proponent Guide to Coordinated Authorizations for Major Mines Projects (PDF 1.5MB)
Sets out information for proponents of major mine projects preparing to apply for multiple permits, licences or other authorizations to construct and operate a mine in the Province of British Columbia.
- Guide to Coordinated Authorizations for Major Mines
Sets out information on the review of applications for major mine authorizations. It is a useful guide for participants in the process to better understand the process.
- Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia's Aboriginal Engagement Guidebook: A Practical and Principled Approach for Mineral Explorers
Clean Energy Projects
- Clean Energy Production in B.C.: An Interagency Guide Book for Proponents
Brings together statutory, regulatory, and procedural information from resource-based ministries and agencies involved with the review of Clean Energy Projects.