Preserving Denesułine Culture, Land Use, and Traditional Ways
Lands and Resources
Cold Lake First Nations Lands and Resources Department is responsible for protecting Denesuline Indigenous, Treaty, and Aboriginal Rights, to preserve Denesuline Culture, Land Use and Traditional Ways. We ensure stewardship by engaging members in consultation and land use planning, improving relationships and understanding with stakeholders, and upholding CLFN’ “A livelihood for a livelihood” philosophy. The department achieves this by managing the Nation’s legal duty to consultation relationship with government, industry, public entities and external stakeholders; ensuring that traditional knowledge is respected and considered in the management of land-resources; upholding and negotiating impact benefit agreements with industry, and supporting economic and business development.
- Protection of Denesułine’ Indigenous, Treaty and Aboriginal Rights
- Preserve Denesułine Cultural, Land Use and Traditional Ways
- Ensure Dene Ni Nenne Stewardship
- Ensure Denesułine Membership Involvement in Consultation and Land Activities within Dene Ni Nenne
- Improve Relationships and Understanding among Entities involved with Dene Ni Nenne
- Uphold CLFN’ “A livelihood for a livelihood” philosophy
Goals and Objectives
Organization and Management
Goal: To ensure the Consultation Department of Cold Lake First Nations (CLFN) is a professional organization structure with customized processes and strategic approaches to competently respond to the Nation’s legal duty to consultation and engage with government, industry, public entities and other external stakeholders.
- Implement the final transition of the Consultation Department into a self-management organization.
- Development of a long term capacity plan that will include the professionalism to sustain a high standard of internal membership competency and professionalism through custom and focused capacity building methodologies
- Develop a “Records and Information Management (RIM) System” and enhance the Department reporting process.
- Develop and implement the “Certificate of Recognition” safety program
- Adopt a more “Green” and environmentally friendly approach to all aspects of the Department.
Lands Management and Stewardship
Goal: Transition from a Consultation based department to a Lands and Resource Department.
- Development of a Dene Ni Nenne Land Use Management Plan to engage with the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government to address a broad approach to land development in the traditional territory and to provide direction for the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan. The proposed plan will focus on specific culturally relevant and scientifically grounded with the objective of protecting the meaningful practice of CLFN Indigenous, Treaty and Aboriginal Rights, now and in the future. Plan will be the working document for the Lands and Resource Department for on and off reserve purposes.
- Continuing to engage with Alberta Parks directly on interpretive planning and park management issues.
Consultation and Engagement
Goal: To strongly engage with the Alberta Government, Federal Government and Industry with new initiatives and innovative approaches to achieve the Nation’s interests and goals i.e. co-management.
- Re-develop and implement the “Consultation Protocol”, “Access Committee Protocol” and associated “Consultation Agreement” that include a long term integrated vision, goals, mandates, legal approach etc.
- Draft of a CLFN’ “legal framework” outlining CLFN legal principles, actions (e.g., future injunctions, law suites, etc.) and tactics (e.g., treaty rights-based record building) that will help CLFN now and in the future.
- Engage with the community membership regularly that will outline the short and long term approach to consultation, focused on the direction of the community.
- Focus on Consultation activities that affect or cause risk regarding the interests of the Nation
- Focus on engaging Department of National Defense (4 Wing) to enhance current use within the CLAWR. This includes a bi-monthly working meetings.
Traditional Knowledge and Land Use
Goal: Enhance the community centered approach for traditional knowledge and land use and engagement with the community Elders, land users and membership.
- Development and implementation of a centralized procurement system for traditional knowledge studies whereby CLFN is main point of contact and that contractors are working directly for the Department.
- Develop a long term strategy to encourage and provide support for current and future land and resource use (hunting, fishing, gathering, spiritual, traditional management practices), provide opportunities for traditional knowledge learning and transmission, and respect and honor traditional values and ways of life
- Research and develop a custom “Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluating System” with the Alberta Environment Science Division whereby the entire process is in constant evaluation and accurate and information is being process to ensure targets, goals and objectives are met in accordance to the Nations’ Vision.
- Co-Develop with the Health Department a CLFN medicinal “Medicine Chest” program.
Agreements and Negotiations
Goal: Complete negotiations of new impact benefit agreements and/or review of with industry proponents. Ensure existing agreements commitments are being met. Develop strategies and new approaches with proponents with agreements.
- Continue negotiations, re-negotiations and revise existing Agreements with Industry Proponents.
- Develop new strategies with proponents that do not have Agreements
- Maintain on-going engagement and develop a yearly schedule to ensure Agreement commitments are being met and issues are being addressed
Administration and Economic Development
Goal: Support and development innovative approaches to support CLFN Administration and Economic and Business Development
- Support with Chief and Council, Band Administration, community groups, businesses and other CLFN entities to develop a more centralized and efficient process to economic and business development initiatives.
- Develop an annual plan to approach and identify resources required to centralize and maximize community investment / developing funding from industry, regional businesses, economic and business development initiatives, grants and other sources.
The Lands and Resources Department was recently restructured from the Consultation Department in order broaden its scope from just consultation. Lands and resources still handles all of the formal consultation processes that the nation engages on with both industry and government. In these processes, the department often works with members who are directly impacted by development and with land users to ensure that it is able to effectively communicate the impacts that decisions may have on people.
Lands and resources also contains the 4 Wing Liaison role where we work closely with DND on issues related to the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. Our records management office keeps copies of all correspondence with industry and government as well as manages all of the Traditional Land Use information collected over time by CLFN. With it’s new broader focus, the department is looking at new strategies such as forest management plans to achieve the Nation’s goals. In addition, it works proactively on issues such as Climate change to maximize benefit for the nation through grants and programs available from outside entities.