Stakeholder and community engagement are key parts of any significant negotiation between government and Indigenous Nations.
This multi-layered community engagement strategy offers targeted and public engagement opportunities to the general public and key interest holders and is critical to successful implementation of the memorandum of understanding between Wet’suwet’en, B.C. and Canada. The community engagement strategy consists of four components:
Regional engagement group (REG)
- 30-50 members that represent key community interests and sectors
- Representative of local government, industry, service agencies, user groups, etc.
- Receives updates on negotiations and provides input to ongoing discussions
- Meets quarterly
Core advisory council (CAC)
- Consists of 8-12 members that are nominated from the REG for consideration to join the CAC
- Selected individuals are key influencers able to represent the broad interests of the REG, and are:
- committed – willing to attend the process through to signing of Rights and Title;
- courageous – willing to represent difficult conversations and decisions and bring back critical feedback;
- curious – able to represent strong views yet remain open to new approaches to governance; and
- credible – have a strong voice within key sectors of society within the Yintah and the support of members of the REG.
- Meets monthly, responsible for shaping the content of REG quarterly meetings and public engagement sessions
- Provides input to ongoing discussions on a regular basis
- Receives personal and professional development opportunities
Public engagement sessions
- Semi-annual webinar/town hall to engage public on the rights and title dialogue
- Opportunity for information sharing about the process and progress of title negotiations
- Platform for community dialogue and education about reconciliation, rights and title, and the Wet’suwet’en Nation
- Determined by topic when more in-depth engagement is necessary
- Called as needed in support of priority topics at the rights and title table
- Relevant interest holders will be invited to participate to engage in dialogue on specific issues of importance