First Nations and Metis Settlements consultation is triggered when the Government of Alberta is contemplating a decision regarding land and natural resource management that may have an adverse impact on First Nations’ Treaty rights or traditional uses or Metis Settlement members’ harvesting and traditional uses. The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO), created by the Government of Alberta, directs project proponents to consult with First Nations and Metis Settlements who may be impacted by the proponents’ projects.
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) works closely with the ACO. The ministerial order on aboriginal consultation issued on October 31, 2014, provides direction to the AER on how to interact with the ACO on matters relating to First Nations consultation.
The ministerial order on aboriginal consultation issued on March 30, 2016 provides direction to the AER on how to interact with the ACO on matters relating to Metis Settlements consultation.
The Joint Operating Procedures for First Nations Consultation an Energy Resource Activities (Procedures), signed by the ACO and AER on December 10, 2014, and revised on June 10, 2015; and the Joint Operating Procedures for Metis Settlements Consultation on Energy Resource Activities (Procedures) signed by the ACO and the AER on June 2, 2016, details how the two entities are to work together to fulfil the requirements of each ministerial order.