First Nations 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. The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO), created by the Government of Alberta, directs project proponents to consult with First Nations 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 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, details how the two entities are to work together to fulfil the requirements of the ministerial order.