First Nation Technical Support

A solid history of expert support

From its earliest days, LGL Limited has worked with Indigenous peoples and groups.  Beginning with LGL's many arctic studies of the 1970s and 1980s, local First Nations people have been hired as part of our field crews; their wealth of local and traditional knowledge has been a key factor in the success of these projects.  Such efforts have also been very successful towards achieving the goal of creating employment in remote communities, along with the capacity-building that comes from the transfer of knowledge and technical skills from our professional staff to those citizens.

In the past two decades, aboriginal relations with governments and industry have been evolving rapidly – most notably concerning aboriginal rights, treaties and self-government, consultation on resource development, and reconciliation of past wrongdoings.  LGL has been there every step of the way, and today, First Nations comprise a significant client base of our company.  Commonly, this work is related to the land and resource components of treaty negotiations, treaty implementation, and natural resource conservation – particularly as it pertains to fish and wildlife management in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments.  In addition, we have provided expert advice to our First Nation clients during the course of panel hearings and court cases.  Increasingly, our work with First Nations sees us working alongside industry proponents looking to develop major projects in the traditional territories of our clients where consent, accommodation, and often partnership can result in projects that generate benefits for all parties involved.

Technical support provided:

  • Treaty Negotiations – Agreement-In-Principle development and support
  • Strategic Engagement Agreement negotiations and implementation
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Technical Committee support and representation
  • Wildlife inventory and fisheries stock assessment reviews, studies, and development of monitoring programs
  • Fish and wildlife harvest monitoring
  • Fisheries, wildlife, and habitat impact assessment reviews and studies
  • Building and managing advisory teams of discipline experts from within and outside LGL
  • Capacity training of staff as technicians and biologists
  • Technical Working Group support and representation
  • Expert testimony and legal support for court cases and panel reviews
  • Watershed Restoration Programs – development, implementation, and monitoring
  • Watershed recovery planning
  • GIS mapping applications, traditional use documentation, land-use planning
  • Economic and tourism development opportunities
  • Document management and archiving
  • Communications management, including newsletters and websites (for example: www.kaskadenacouncil.com)
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