Arbutus is working on the update/amendment of the Fort St. John Land & Resource Management Plan in the areas of stakeholder engagement, supporting the leadership team, and providing information and/or reports in areas such as UNDRIP and gender-based plus.
Working with Ursus Wildlands Consulting, Arbutus is supporting the Nation in its development of a steelhead (Chowthla) recovery program that includes deep engagement of the members on their knowledge and use to shape the study.
Arbutus is providing organizational development support in relation to DRFN’s governance objectives in negotiations with British Columbia (Strategic Engagement Agreement); supporting DRFN on cultural resources management, land use planning, external stakeholder engagement, and decision processes regarding proposed major resource developments in DRFN territory. We are working on social development programs in social development, health, education, children and families, education and emergency planning.
Metal Earth Research Project. Arbutus is providing advisory and community engagement services in Ontario and Quebec for a large earth sciences research project, and to increase the number of Indigenous students enrolled at Laurentian University. We created plain language brochure and powerpoint materials, an engagement plan, and are facilitating engagement with the appropriate staff at 18 band offices.
Arbutus provided support to Piikani Nation for traditional use and socio-economic & community wellbeing reports for an environmental assessment, and support on the South Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan.
Arbutus provides support on community, Aboriginal and government relations on three site closures in Canada, supported the Pascua Lama and Cerro Casale projects with local Indigenous groups in Chile, and assisted senior management with corporate social responsibility policies.
Decar Nickel project: Arbutus is providing counsel, and managing External Relations (Indigenous & community engagement and consultation, government and media relations) on an advanced stage mineral development project in north central BC.
Arbutus provided support for social performance planning and implementation, Indigenous consultation, agreements, socio-economic/community health and Indigenous interests effects assessment, employment training and business development on the New Afton and Blackwater projects.
Arbutus supported Chieftain through negotiation of a project agreement (IBA) with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation; assessment of alternative (125 km) road access options; community and Taku River Tlingit consultation, and government relations for the environmental assessment and project permit applications; and community training/employment, business and environmental management for the Tulsequah Chief Mine project.
Arbutus managed Aboriginal engagement and consultation, including negotiation of agreements, for nine run-of-river and wind power projects in BC and provided counsel to corporate offices in Vancouver and Toronto on Aboriginal relations.
Arbutus assisted the executive leadership team with the creation and implementation of corporate CSR policies and programs, including First Nations Consultation Policy & Process and an Aboriginal Employment and Business Development Strategy to engage First Nations in economic opportunities related to both the projects and ongoing maintenance. Arbutus also managed Aboriginal and community consultation on the re-development of eleven ferry terminal projects.
Arbutus provided social performance, community engagement and consultation (local community and First Nations), and conducted part of the environmental assessment and mine permitting processes on the Grassy Mountain mine project located in southern Alberta.