1.) Is the Lubicon Lake Nation Consultation Unit representative of the Lubicon Lake Nation citizens; are Elders’ and appropriate local authorities (i.e. hunters, trappers) engaged in the Consultation process?
- Yes. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation has clearly directed the Consultation Unit to act on behalf of the Lubicon community at large.
- All consultation information (including TLU/CSR reports) is available upon request by any Lubicon citizen. All proponent appearances are open for attendance by concerned Lubicon citizens upon request. For a listing of upcoming proponent appearances contact: Garrett Tomlinson at (780) 629-3945 or (780) 618-3794 or visit the Lubicon Lake Nation Administration Offices.
- The actions of the Consultation Unit are directed by the values as expressed by the Lubicon Lake Nation Elders’ Council. Further during the TLU/CSR processes various aspects of sites are discussed with Elders’ where appropriate and the knowledge of local hunters and trappers is commonly utilized.
2.) As a Lubicon citizen can I participate in the Consultation process and how?
- Absolutely! There are a number of ways to participate in the process. As a Lubicon citizen the Consultation Unit would be very grateful to hear your concerns regarding developments as well as discuss your knowledge of traditional land uses based on your or your family’s experiences and memory. The more information we have the easier our job is.
- The Consultation Unit also wants to hear your ideas regarding the benefits you would like to see in the Lubicon community as a result of the development practices that have already taken place and those that are proposed. It is time that those who profit from Lubicon land also contribute to improving the lives of community members at large! To speak with a member of the Consultation Unit please visit the Lubicon Lake Nation Administration Offices or call (780) 629-3945 or (780) 618-3794.
3.) What are the topics/areas of concern to the Lubicon Lake Nation?
- While this list is general and not exhaustive in nature, the general areas reviewed by the Consultation Unit and the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation are as follows:
- Companies must recognize and acknowledge that the Lubicon people have never signed Treaty with the government of Canada ceding Lubicon rights to the Territory historically used and occupied by the Lubicon people;
- Companies must recognize and acknowledge that there is an on-going dispute between the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation and the Government of Alberta over who has rightful regulatory authority over Lubicon Territory that has been the subject of negotiations between the Lubicon Lake Nation and both levels of the Canadian government for many years;
- Companies must obtain the consent of the Lubicon Lake Nation prior to proceeding with any project within Lubicon Lake Nation jurisdiction based on meeting the following the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation requirements:
- answering Lubicon Lake Indian Nation’s health and safety questions regarding activities proposed in Lubicon Territory;
- accommodating Lubicon Lake Indian Nation’s social, cultural, environmental, economic and wildlife concerns arising from activities proposed in Lubicon Territory; and
- providing the Lubicon people with economic opportunities resulting from activities proposed in Lubicon Territory.
4.) Does the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation consider local Economic Development when assessing applications/notifications?
- Yes. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation and the Consultation Unit attempt to consider all impacts to the Lubicon lands and community during their application/notification review. By definition, local employment and business opportunities for the Lubicon community are an “impact”. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation recognizes that responsibly managed Economic Development is a positive contribution to the Lubicon community and considers those effects in its review of applications.
5.) Does the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation align itself with a specific contractor or specific citizen(s) to guarantee work goes exclusively to them?
- No. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation actively maintains a listing of approved Contractors and Service Providers that have agreements with the Nation to utilize best practices in their operations as identified with the Lubicon Lake Nation Elders’ Council. Other components considered in the maintenance of this listing are: Lubicon ownership, Aboriginal ownership, measurable community benefit, protection of environment and support of traditional practices. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation expects proponents to make exhaustive attempts to utilize approved contractors and service providers wherever possible and justify to Chief and Council, in writing, any use of contractors or service providers not included on the approved list.
- The Approved Vendors Listing is in no way intended to be exclusionary to any person or entity and the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation makes itself available to any person, group or entity who wishes to discuss their inclusion within this approved providers listing based upon the merit of each case. Appointments for such discussions can be made by contacting Garrett Tomlinson @ (780) 629-3945 or (780) 618-3794 or Tom Day @ (780) 618-5478.
6.) Is the Lubicon Lake Nation Consultation Unit funded by Alberta ESRD or the Government of Canada via AANDC?
- No. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation recognizes that as a sovereign Nation we capable of conducting Consultation and Accommodation discussions and activities that are representative of our interests as a Nation.
- Further, other First Nations that have accepted funding from other government parties in the development of their Consultation structures have indicated in discussions with Lubicon officials that they had concerns regarding (but not limited to):
i. Ownership of Nation information
ii. Protection of traditional practices and sites from becoming public
iii. Loss of control over Consultation process
iv. Implementation of protocols unsuitable to Nations’ culture and practices
v. Outside influence, corruption of decision making process
- At this time the operation of the Consultation Unit has been without formalized funding and largely by the good will and volunteer efforts of Unit members. It is expected that the Consultation Unit will be able to generate its own funding and continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner in the future.
7.) Does the Lubicon Lake Nation Consultation Unit use the Consultation and Accommodation requirement to generate “kickbacks”?
- No. Absolutely no money has ever been accepted by the Consultation Unit or the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation in return for a specified decision or outcome in the Consultation process. Lubicon land, values and rights are not for sale.