The Lubicon Lake Nation Consultation Unit has outlined the following processes in their expectations for Consultation and Accommodation by proponents:
- The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation expects proponents to submit notifications for review as early in the planning stages as possible. The various regulatory review periods indicated for development often do not allow sufficient time for the Consultation Unit to adequately review proponent applications.
- Notifications must be mailed to the Nation in accordance with the Alberta ESRD directive on Lubicon Consultation at: P.O. Box 6731 Stn. Main, Peace River, AB, T8S 1S5
- While the Consultation Unit appreciates the provision of digital mapping in layered .pdf format which also includes the ‘Teardrop’ layer; we prefer that services such as Dropbox.com are utilized so as to minimize email server congestion.
- The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation prefers that proponents schedule meetings with the Nation in order to discuss overall development planning rather than site by site applications/notifications. This method is an effort to find ways to increase the benefit to the Lubicon community of proposed developments and mitigate or accommodate short and long term impacts.
2.) Proposed Development Meeting(s):
- The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation expects that proponents will proactively schedule and attend meetings with Nation officials in the Lubicon community of Little Buffalo to speak to proposed developments.
- The Lubicon Lake Nation Chief and Council sit for proponent presentations Tuesday-Thursday at 11:00AM by appointment.
- The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation has identified that the Consultation and Accommodation process is greatly improved when such meetings are attended by proponents’ senior officials and technical staff so as to minimize “back and forth” and potential rescheduling due to lack of information or inability to make binding decisions.
3.) Application Review
- All applications/notifications are reviewed by the Consultation Unit and responded to with as much expedience as possible.
- Some applications/notifications may be able to be reviewed based on information already compiled by the Consultation Unit. In these cases a final report on the application will be issued by the Nation based on agreement with the proponent.
- In some cases, based on information shared between the proponent and the Consultation Unit, a Traditional Land Use / Consultation Site Review (TLU/CSR) may be conducted at the proposed development site. In the event a TLU/CSR is conducted, the Consultation Unit will provide a TLU/CSR final report for the site (within 5-7 business days in most cases).
4.) Decision Process:
- In cases where the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation concludes that benefits to the Lubicon community clearly outweigh the anticipated adverse impact(s) of a proposed development or group of developments, a letter of non-objection will be issued to the proponent and forwarded to provincial regulators.
- In cases where the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation concludes that concerns remain outstanding or the adverse impacts of a proposed development or group of developments outweigh any suggested benefits to the Lubicon community, a Notice of Objection will be issued to the proponent and forwarded to provincial regulators.
- The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation will avail itself of any Alberta regulatory process available to the fullest extent possible to ensure that the concerns of the Nation are satisfied prior to a development occurring.
- Any proponent entering Lubicon lands with the intent to develop without first securing the free, prior and informed consent of the Lubicon Lake Nation will be considered an act of trespass.
For more information regarding this process visit our FAQs or contact Mr. Tom Day @ (780) 618-5478 or Garrett Tomlinson @ (780) 629-3945 or (780) 618-3794.