Discussion Paper 8: Indigenous Engagement and Consultation
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This discussion paper talks about Indigenous engagement and consultation.
We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.
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- What are your views on the approach the Government of Canada has taken in recent years to engage and consult Indigenous groups on projects regulated by the NEB? Specifically:
- Early engagement of Indigenous groups prior to a formal environmental assessment and regulatory review process by the NEB;
- Consultations with Indigenous groups on matters that fall both within and outside the NEB’s mandate;
- Adequacy of participant funding to support Indigenous groups’ participation in the overall engagement and consultation process;
- The roles of the NEB and the Crown in considering and addressing potential impacts to Aboriginal or treaty rights on NEB-regulated projects, and how these respective roles are carried out; and
- Ongoing consultation and engagement of Indigenous groups during the construction,operations, and abandonment phases of projects that are approved.
- How can Indigenous traditional knowledge (including Traditional Ecological Knowledge) and information be further integrated into the NEB application and hearing process? What are the potential benefits and constraints to this integration?
- How can Canada enhance its approach to Indigenous engagement and consultation to inform decision-making on NEB-regulated projects?
- What should be the role of the NEB? The Government of Canada? Project proponents?Indigenous peoples (e.g., specific groups or communities?)
- How should the Government of Canada’s approach to engaging and consulting Indigenous groups on NEB regulated projects support the Government of Canada’s goal of renewing the nation-to nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples and moving towards reconciliation?
- How can the Government of Canada best consider and address the principles outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples when undertaking efforts to modernize the NEB and when making decisions on whether NEB-regulated projects are in the public interest?
- What could be done to enhance the involvement of Indigenous peoples in the full life cycle of NEB-regulated projects (e.g., ongoing monitoring of the operation of existing projects, economic development opportunities/participation, or other roles)?
- What are your views regarding how federal departments and agencies can and should balance and respect the interests and rights of Indigenous peoples with varied societal interests to inform decision-making on NEB-regulated projects?
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