Indigenous Consulting During the COVID-19 Emergency
Useful Links and information on the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Indigenous consultation bulletin outlining interim guidelines for those responsible for consulting with Indigenous communities and organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Useful Links from trusted sources:
Fasken Bulletin: Not surprisingly, proponents should expect that there may be delays in processing applications for permits or other approvals in part to allow time for consultation with Indigenous groups. Circumstances will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but it is clear from the interim guidelines that the Province remains committed to providing Indigenous groups an opportunity for meaningful consultation before permits or approvals are issued. Read more: https://www.fasken.com/en/knowledge/2020/04/14-covid-19-interim-indigenous-consultation
Bennet Jones Blog: They outline the measures taken by the governments of British Columbia and Alberta, who have issued guidance on consulting during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance documents are primarily directed toward government decision-makers, but are informative for proponents. Read more: https://www.bennettjones.com/Blogs-Section/Consultation-and-Engagement-with-Indigenous-Peoples-During-COVID-19
See the 5 Tips for Engaging with First Nations post here: https://amebc.ca/covid_updates/5-tips-for-engaging-first-nations-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/