We offer the following First Nations engagement services:

 

Cornerstone stands out in the field of First Nations consultation based on the sound reputation we have built with British Columbia’s First Nations communities.  We have established a long and successful track record through respectful, cordial, professional, and sincere engagement.  Cornerstone has developed strong social capital with First Nations and has created a network of positive relationships with many key influencers in First Nation communities.

Cornerstone has been involved with numerous energy projects, with the goal of helping proponents work towards achieving the social licence they require through positive and respectful relationships with First Nations.  On behalf of our client, Cornerstone initiates engagement with First Nations, and then facilitates discussions, negotiations, and other consultation requirements of the provincial and federal environmental assessment processes.  This includes ensuring that consultation and accommodation agreements acceptable to all parties are attained.

For proponents who wish to develop projects, we offer the following First Nations engagement services:

  • Identifying the First Nations who should be engaged;
  • Developing an engagement strategy with First Nations;
  • Facilitating meetings and direct engagement;
  • Drafting capacity agreements;
  • Creating opportunities to avoid or mitigate impacts on Aboriginal interests;
  • Coordinating with regulatory agencies and preparing reports; and
  • Developing accommodation agreements with First Nations.

Through these relationships that we have developed over time, we are able to connect proponents with First Nations’ key influencers in a non-confrontational and productive manner, as well as facilitate efficient and effective communication and understandings between proponents and First Nations. 

The social capital we have developed with First Nation communities has been a critical factor in helping our clients to develop mutually beneficial understandings with First Nations.

Cornerstone’s clients for our First Nations services have included:

  • Apache Energy Canada
  • Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities
  • B.C. Buildings Corporation
  • B.C. Environmental Assessment Office
  • BC Hydro
  • Canada Line and Evergreen Line
  • Capital Regional District
  • Centra Gas
  • Fletcher Challenge Energy and Westcoast Power Inc.
  • Fred Olsen Renewables
  • Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver)
  • Kinder Morgan Canada
  • Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Northern Forest Products Association
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California
  • Pacific Trails Pipeline
  • PanCanadian Petroleum Limited and ATCO Power Canada Ltd.
  • Port Metro Vancouver
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Seabreeze Energy
  • TransLink
  • Zero Emission Energy Developments (ZED)

Cornerstone works with First Nations, non-Aboriginal government, and the private sector to assess goals, facilitate communication, establish and clarify perspectives, and develop understandings and partnerships.

First Nations: We work with leaders, decision-makers, and community members to develop Vision, Goals, and Strategic plans.  We are particularly adept at working with and in Aboriginal communities, from convening community events, facilitating organizational workshops, to working with the community or preparing Traditional Use Studies. 

Our clients for these services have included:

  • Skidegate First Nation
  • Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs
  • Gitxsan House Groups
  • Gwalaagaa Naay Development Corporation
  • Tsawout First Nation
  • Kitselas First Nation
  • Kamloops First Nation
  • Iskut First Nation
  • Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance
  • And dozens of others

Non-Aboriginal governments: We develop approaches that will facilitate partnerships and collaboration with First Nations.  Our work has included: organizing and facilitating large community forums, such as the Union of B.C. Municipalities Community to Community events with First Nations; assisting government agencies to create First Nation engagement guidelines and protocols; and providing strategic advice on how to work effectively with First Nations.

Clients have included:

  • B.C. Environmental Assessment Office
  • Vancity Credit Union
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • Metro Vancouver

Non-Aboriginal Private Sector Business Community: We assist clients in understanding the challenges and opportunities of relationship-building with First Nations.  This includes working with organizations to help them develop policies, programs, and opportunities for First Nations.

Clients have included:

  • Vancity Credit Union
  • British Columbia Railway Group of Companies
  • BC Hydro
  • Northern Forest Products Association
  • Rio Tinto Alcan