At Hemmera, we treat each project as unique, and bring together the best combination of staff to most effectively address each of our clients’ specific needs. This precise blending of knowledge and experience has enabled Hemmera to take on increasingly challenging work across all sectors.

INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT AND CONSULTATION

Inclusive, respectful and responsive engagement and consultation with Indigenous groups; Hemmera unites people with information and practical solutions that strengthen projects and communities.

With an ever-increasing focus on the role of engagement, consultation, and negotiation, and discussions between clients, project proponents, communities, and regulators, Indigenous engagement remains a principal component of project planning. The ability to demonstrate positive relationships with communities, while effectively addressing potential conflicting interests, is instrumental to the overall success of land and resource development projects.

Backed by decades of relevant experience, our team recognizes the key role of Indigenous groups in the decision-making processes associated with land and resource planning and development, and the complex and evolving legal and policy context underpinning Indigenous consultation requirements. We offer an increasingly broad range of programs and services specifically tailored to support Indigenous communities, government agencies, and private sector clients. Together, our team has worked with Indigenous communities across BC and Yukon, and have established positive long-term working relationships that benefit clients and communities alike.

At Hemmera, our Indigenous engagement team respects the cultural heritage present within Traditional Territories, and we acknowledge and respect the constitutional rights and title of Indigenous groups. Hemmera offers extensive experience working with our clients and Indigenous communities in a variety of project settings and regulatory contexts. Our community and Indigenous engagement services include:

 

  • Developing and implementing corporate Indigenous programs
  • Designing relationship-based consultation and engagement strategies to address the unique needs, interests, and requirements of our clients and the communities they serve
  • Advising, developing, and implementing project-based consultation and engagement plans
  • Facilitating engagement, consultation, negotiations and dispute resolution processes
  • Implementing project agreements with public and Indigenous communities and supporting client-based change management initiatives
  • Identifying community-related concerns and risks and devising strategic mitigation strategies
  • Performing community-based capacity and skills assessments, including training, employment, and procurement support
  • Managing and coordinating events and logistics, facilitating engagement, and consultation meetings or events
  • Managing and tracking consultation data and implementing internal/external reporting requirements

Service Lead – BC
George Meadows  
Vice President, Community Engagement and Social Sciences

Service Lead – YT
Shena Shaw
Socio-Community Specialist

Service Lead – BC
Chris Heard
Business Leader