First Nations Consultation
First Nations Consultation Procedures
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s Operating Procedures for First Nations Consultation on Land Management
and Resource Development
First Nations consultation in Alberta is outlined in the following documents:
- Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Guidelines on Land Management and Resource Development – November 2007 (the Guidelines)
- The Government of Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development – May 2005 (the
These two documents describe how Alberta will consult with First Nations “where land management and resource development
have the potential to adversely impact First Nations’ Rights and Traditional Uses.”
The Crown’s duty to consult with First Nations may be required where it has been determined that a proposed project may
have an adverse impact on First Nations’ Rights and Traditional Uses.
To facilitate a consistent application of the Policy and Guidelines, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD)
has implemented a consistent province-wide procedure for administration of land and resource development, where specific
elements of the consultation process are delegated to the proponent.
These First Nations consultation procedures are for Crown land only.
For more information about First Nations consultation, including the Policy and Guidelines, visit the Alberta Aboriginal
Relations website at:
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Guidelines, refer to the Alberta Aboriginal Relations website at:
Procedural Steps for Consultation with First Nations
Summaries have been prepared to provide direction to proponents in the delegated procedural aspects of proponent-led consultation.
The procedures identified below must be used to obtain consultation direction from ESRD Areas.
ESRD Area contact information is available at:
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Updated: Dec 12, 2012