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1 PROPONENT INVOLVEMENT IN CONSULTATION Presentation to the Geology Matters Environmental Assessment Workshop November 14, 2013 Consultation with the Mi’kmaq

2 THE DUTY TO CONSULT The Constitution Act (1982): –Section 35(1): “The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.” The Supreme Court of Canada: –“The duty to consult arises when the Crown has knowledge of the existence or potential existence of an Aboriginal or treaty right and contemplates conduct that might adversely affect that right.” (Haida, para. 47) Introduction

3 IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS – NOVA SCOTIA Nova Scotia’s Interim Consultation Policy The Consultation Terms of Reference The Proponents’ Guide Canada-Nova Scotia MOU on Consultation Cooperation Introduction

4 THE OFFICE OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS (OAA) Strategic Leadership in Aboriginal Consultation –Ensure consistent government approach, lead the policy, TOR, liaise with other jurisdictions (fed/prov/territorial) Operational Support to Departments –Advice on whether to consult, issue tracking, advice to proponents, committees, file management Training –Training sessions for provincial employees, Learning Seminar, training resources Strengthening Capacity of the Mi’kmaq –Capacity funding to the KMK, training on NS government processes Roles and Responsibilities

5 NOVA SCOTIA DEPARTMENTS Decide whether to consult with the Mi’kmaq based on advice from OAA Lead the consultation process with the Mi’kmaq Keep the record of consultation Assess the adequacy of a proponent’s engagement efforts Consider input from the Mi’kmaq Decide on the appropriate accommodations Determine the need for department-specific consultation procedures and guidelines Roles and Responsibilities

6 THE MI’KMAQ OF NOVA SCOTIA The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia –13 First Nations Bands –The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs –The Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO) The Mi’kmaq will respond to consultation requests within a reasonable and timely manner The Mi’kmaq will provide information on their concerns and interests in a reasonable and timely manner Roles and Responsibilities

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8 DELEGATION TO PROPONENTS Government is ultimately responsible for consultation with the Mi’kmaq, but proponents may be delegated some of the procedural aspects of that consultation, which includes: –Notifying the Mi’kmaq of their projects –Providing project-specific information –Meeting with the Mi’kmaq –Conducting a Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study –Addressing project-specific issues –Documenting their engagement process –Providing periodic consultation reports to the lead Nova Scotia department Roles and Responsibilities

9 Is Consultation Required? Offer to ConsultIdentify Impacts Consider Accommodation Decision THE ABORIGINAL CONSULTATION PROCESS OAA Reviews Information from Proponents: Project description Maps Potential environmental impacts Contact information

10 Is Consultation Required? Offer to ConsultIdentify Impacts Consider Accommodation Decision THE ABORIGINAL CONSULTATION PROCESS If Consultation required: Lead department initiates consultation with Mi’kmaq Proponent Notifies Mi’kmaq early in Process (provide information, meet with KMKNO, communities)

11 Is Consultation Required? Offer to ConsultIdentify Impacts Consider Accommodation Decision THE ABORIGINAL CONSULTATION PROCESS Information from Proponents: MEKS Environmental Assessment Archaeological Resource Assessment Other studies

12 Is Consultation Required? Offer to ConsultIdentify Impacts Consider Accommodation Decision THE ABORIGINAL CONSULTATION PROCESS Government and Proponent work with Mi’kmaq to Accommodate Impacts on Rights: Avoidance, Mitigate, Compensate, Accommodate Proponent needs to document any mitigation already undertaken; and Any benefits agreements that may be in place

13 Is Consultation Required? Offer to ConsultIdentify Impacts Consider Accommodation Decision THE ABORIGINAL CONSULTATION PROCESS Government review information provided by Proponent and Mi’kmaq and make decision: Record of consultation/engagement undertaken by the proponent Any commitments made by the proponent Any process identified to monitor the relationship moving forward

14 Thank you LAURENT JONART Consultation Advisor Office of Aboriginal Affairs Phone:


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