NPMO's role in Crown Consultation

NPMO acts as the Crown Consultation Coordinator for major projects in the territories. Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut each have their own environmental assessment and regulatory processes, which were set up under land claim agreements. While the environmental assessment and regulatory processes in each of the territories vary, NPMO's coordination activities are similar across the territories.

The Government of Canada relies on co-management boards and their processes to meet its duty to consult with Indigenous peoples and help accommodate adverse impacts on asserted or established rights. The board processes provide potentially affected Indigenous peoples, governments and organizations with an understanding about a proposed project and its potential impacts. Board processes also provide an important opportunity for the sharing of Indigenous traditional knowledge related to the impacts of a proposed project, and the voicing of concerns regarding potential impacts on Indigenous rights, and what can be done to address the concerns and issues raised.

NPMO is responsible for:

Through various phases of the board process, the Government of Canada actively engages with Indigenous groups. For example, the Government sends notification letters encouraging participation, provides financial support through the Northern Participant Funding Program to further promote engagement, and shares information to help Indigenous groups with their understanding and navigation of board processes.

The Crown consultation record

The official Crown consultation record maintained by NPMO includes detailed information primarily gathered through board processes, Indigenous engagements or consultations undertaken by proponents and government officials. Project-related issues and concerns, along with possible mitigations and accommodations are tracked for the record.

A territorial board's final report and recommendations from an environmental assessment process, along with Canada's tracking of concerns and potential solutions, provides federal decision-makers with information to help with the assessment of the adequacy of Crown consultation prior to Ministerial decisions about proposed major projects.

For more information, go to Regulatory Systems in the territories.

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