In the 2004 Haida and Taku River decisions and in the 2005 Mikisew Cree decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal and provincial Crown have a legal duty to consult, and, where appropriate, accommodate when Crown conduct may adversely impact established or potential Aboriginal and Treaty rights.
The legal duty to consult may be triggered by a federal or provincial approval, license, permit or by any large or small size project or activity that could adversely impact established or potential Aboriginal and Treaty rights. This could include, for example, approvals of natural resource development projects or the management or disposal of Crown property.
The First Peoples Group utilizes all aspects of our rich cultural heritage and diversity in meeting the unique challenges that are being faced by industry and government in our Aboriginal Relations approach to working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
• partnership training;
• Aboriginal awareness training;
• team building;
• organizational strategic planning;
• conflict resolution training and mediation services;
• negotiation training;
• facilitation services;
• report writing;
- assist and inform on matters regarding government regulations and contractual obligations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities;
- assess the need for consultation with the First Peoples;
- engage and establish a consultation framework between parties;
- assist governments at all levels in engaging the diverse Aboriginal population whether on reserve, urban centres or in our northern communities.
First Peoples Group has developed an innovative and effective one-day, customizable Aboriginal Relations and Awareness Training course for government and corporate Canada. Implicit in its design, this one-day course is delivered by a three-member team of effective, qualified and professional First Nations, Métis and Inuit presenters and an Elder. Each of our presenters knows, understands and comes from their respective cultures. All of the presenters designs and provides personal and compelling PowerPoint presentations and each session is facilitated throughout the day by one of the presenters.
We are the only firm, Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, under contract to the federal government to deliver our sessions. For the past five years we have been training Health Canada’s employees from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch in the NCR and from coast to coast to coast. Our sessions have also been delivered to the Canada School of Public Service, Service Canada, NR Can, HRSDC and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
An evaluation of the sessions has been completed, and here is an excerpt of responses: 99.4% of respondents agreed (44.24%) or strongly agreed (55.15%) that - My understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples: their history, culture, traditions, spiritualities and values has increased after taking the course; 97.58% of respondents agreed (38.79% and strongly agreed (58.78%) that Attending this orientation session helped increase my respect and appreciation for the Aboriginal peoples and culture.
This is without a doubt the most effective, comprehensive and professional one-day session in the country.
Half-day and three-day sessions are also available upon request.