Aboriginal Inclusion

P4G supports the inclusion of First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations in planning for the Region. The general intent of these policies is to encourage collaboration and partnerships with rightsholders, and support the provincial and federal governments in meeting Treaty obligations that would impact the Region. This is important not only to provide for ongoing dialogue on issues of mutual concern, but also to collaboration on projects that can provide regional benefits to all participants.

Objectives

3-1          Collaborate with First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations to achieve effective, efficient, and coordinated land use and development in the Region.

3-2          Develop partnerships with First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations based on respect for each other’s jurisdiction and a common understanding of mutual interests.

3-3          Support federal and provincial governments in meeting their obligations within the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement and other relevant land claim agreements.

3-4          Support the Crown’s legal duty to consult First Nations and Métis communities when actions or decisions could impact Treaty or Aboriginal rights.

Policies

3.01         Dialogue with First Nations and Aboriginal Organizations. P4G members shall engage in ongoing dialogue with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations to understand issues of joint interest, cooperate on strategic planning, and support regional development.

3.02         Compatible Land Use Agreements. Where land has been selected as Treaty Land Entitlement within the boundaries of a municipality, the associated municipality will engage in discussions with the First Nation to enter into a land use compatibility agreement.

3.03         Dialogue with First Nations during Review. Where a development review is required under the Regional Plan and the proposed development is adjacent to a reserve or adjacent to land that has been selected as Treaty Land Entitlement, adjacent municipalities will engage with the First Nation regarding the proposal.

3.04         Integration of Land Uses. New subdivision or development adjacent to existing reserve development shall endeavor to complement and, where possible, integrate with, reserve development that is compatible with the Plan.

3.05         Collaboration on Infrastructure. P4G members shall seek to collaborate with First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations in the construction and upgrade of infrastructure and facilities.

3.06         Land Use Compatibility with the Plan. While not required, development on reserve lands that is compatible with the provisions of this Plan will be encouraged.