The Alberta government has introduced legislation to repeal Bill 22, the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act, an important first step in renewing the consultation process with Alberta First Nations.
“Consultation in Alberta can’t be one-sided. Repealing Bill 22 is the first step towards a credible consultation process that meets the evolving needs of First Nations, industry and stakeholders as we work together to build a more resilient and diversified economy that benefits all Albertans.”
Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
In coming months, the government will engage First Nations to begin a comprehensive review of Alberta’s consultation policy, one that strives for prosperity and economic certainty.
Alberta has a duty to consult First Nations when government decisions may adversely affect their constitutionally protected Treaty Rights. Bill 22 was developed and passed in 2013. It was never proclaimed.
Bill 22 came as a shock to many First Nations leaders, who condemned the legislation as lacking adequate consultation.
The Alberta government will collaborate with First Nations to replace Bill 22, enhancing the consultation capacity of First Nations as part of an upcoming consultation renewal process. Industry and other partners will also be consulted.
Budget 2016 includes $750,000 to engage with First Nations and Metis to enhance the consultation process. Part of that funding will support the renewal of the First Nations consultation policy.