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First Nations and Stakeholder Consultation

As land and resource development projects can have a direct impact on local residents, consultation and negotiation with nearby communities, including First Nations, can play a critical role in a project’s ability to advance. Clients come to Hemmera for our innovative approaches to community consultation. We focus on establishing communication frameworks and on building relationships that can identify, and resolve, key issues early.

We have devised a broad range of programs and services to facilitate negotiation between our clients and local communities. We understand that each project, each region, and each community is unique. For each project, we develop and deliver a customized consultation program, and we strive to be a valued partner, trusted by both our clients and the local population.

We have played key roles in developing and implementing First Nations consultation programs for Teck/Highland Valley Copper, several BC Hydro electrification projects, and for the BC Ministry of Transportation on the Sea-to-Sky Project and Gateway Program.

We are known for our ability to develop productive, lasting frameworks for conducting successful negotiations on a project’s impacts and benefits and the necessary accommodations. Among the services we provide are: facilitating First Nations issues and interests to the project’s proponents and the regulatory agencies, liaising with government agencies to establish appropriate mitigation, and developing strategies that will facilitate the review and approvals process.