Community Benefits and Indigenous Inclusion in EA, a North and South Perspective – May 23

Come out to socialize with other impact assessment practitioners and discuss Indigenous Community Benefits and Inclusion in Environmental Assessment.

The IAIA is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects. The International Association for Impact Assessment's Western and Northern Canada branch invites you to attend the following presentations:

Date: Thursday May 23, 2019

Time: 11-2 pm (presentation and discussion from 11:30-1:30pm)
***note those in attending in person will view an HSE video from 11:20-11:30am

Location:  5th floor boardroom at SNC-Lavalin office - 745 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Who: Dr. Debra Stokes, Deanna Higginson, Rosanne D’Orazio
Please join us for presentations and a panel discussion. Speaker details below.

Please feel free to bring lunch. We look forward to seeing you there.

For members outside Vancouver, you can join by web/teleconference. Let us know by email ([email protected]) and we will send out the connection info on the day before the event.

For more information: [email protected]


Presenter: Dr. Debra Stokes
Can large resource developments contribute to sustainability in Indigenous communities?

The extractives sector has the obligation to contribute to sustainable development in areas where resource exploitation occurs. Fulfilling this expectation is challenging in resource-dependent towns, that are periodically exposed to boom-bust dynamics. In northwest British Columbia, several large Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal projects have been proposed, involving high capital costs and several thousand workers for the construction phase. Indigenous Peoples are often negatively affected by such large developments, as their culture and sustenance are tied to the land and water. Many Indigenous Peoples are also unable to benefit from such developments, due to a lack of support mechanisms and the necessary training or education required for good paying jobs. The presentation presents the results of a study which investigates how large resource developments can contribute to sustainability in B.C. First Nations communities by finding ways to enhance benefits and minimize impacts from boom-bust dynamics.

Deanna Higginson
A Practitioners Perspective: Facilitating the Meaningful Consideration of Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments

Provincial, territorial, and federal regulators now explicitly require proponents to consider Traditional Knowledge (TK) in their project’s environmental assessment (EA) submissions. While it is promising that the legitimacy and inherent importance of TK is becoming more widely recognized, improvements to how TK is considered are still necessary to enhance the role of TK to help ensure its use and presentation as an equally valid way of knowing with western scientific knowledge. In this IAIA presentation, Deanna Higginson will discuss the importance of giving voice to TK in environmental assessments, as well as provide some pragmatic considerations and methodological approaches to support practitioners in furthering their ability to foster the meaningful consideration of TK in EA.

Rosanne D’Orazio
The use of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) in Strategic Environmental Assessments

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association was asked to develop a process to bring Inuit Qaujimajatunqangit (traditional knowledge), Inuit priorities and the Inuit point of view into the Strategic Environmental Assessment for Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. The process including collecting baseline of IQ in the area, a food security report and establishing an IQ advisors group, the final report included recommendations on how IQ should be used in decision making regarding oil and gas development in the eastern arctic. The methodology used was unique in that it focused on how Inuit values and priorities could be impacted and emphasized that in the SEA process, these values cannot be separated from Inuit. This presentation will speak about how IQ was used in the SEA and the importance of including IQ in Environmental Assessments.