Unit 6 - Alberta's Land-use Framework


Lesson 8: Inclusion of Indigenous People

Indigenous People and the Land-use Framework

The Alberta government has involved Indigenous communities in the Land-use Framework from the beginning, including in the drafting of the framework.

The Land-use Framework expresses government's commitment to consult with Indigenous people whose rights, which are constitutionally protected, have the potential to be adversely affected by provincial decisions.

The Land-use Framework defines Indigenous people in Alberta as including the First Nations and Métis peoples and recognizes that those communities hold constitutionally protected rights are uniquely positioned to inform land-use planning.

The Document "Response to Aboriginal Consultation on the Draft Alberta Land-use Framework 2008"

Once a draft of the Land-use Framework was prepared, it was taken to Aboriginal communities for feedback. A summary of what was heard from the Aboriginal communities, including how and why their input influenced the final Land-use Framework, was prepared. This summary document is called the "Response to Aboriginal Consultation on the Draft Alberta Land-use Framework 2008." It is based on five themes of Aboriginal peoples involvement:

  • participation in land-use planning

  • consultation, rights, and legal considerations

  • land-use planning and traditional use

  • emphasis on environmental and social outcomes

  • development of cumulative effects management thresholds


 The final Land-use Framework of Alberta included seven strategies; Strategy 7 was the inclusion of aboriginal peoples in land use planning.

This means that the Government of Alberta will continue to consult with Indigenous people when their protected rights have the potential to be adversely affected.

 



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