Training of Federal Officials to Fulfill the Duty to Consult
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) provides training for federal officials on fulfilling the Crown’s legal duty to consult with and, where appropriate, accommodate Aboriginal groups. Introductory (one day) and in-depth (two day) training sessions are offered inter-departmentally across Canada, and are tailored to meet the needs of particular regions. Trainers also lead and facilitate focused training and workshops with particular departments, agencies, sectors or teams upon request. Information sessions for industry representatives are also being planned.
Training sessions include information on:
- How to assess consultation requirements;
- Aboriginal and Treaty rights and strength of claim assessments;
- Analysis of Crown conduct;
- How to identify potential adverse impacts of federal activities;
- How to assess the scope of consultation and extent of accommodation required;
- Consultation plans and agreements;
- Key elements of meaningful consultation processes;
- Case law as it relates to the duty to consult; and
- Accommodation options, measures and approaches
Since training began, thousands of federal employees from all government departments and agencies have been trained to meaningfully consult and, where appropriate, accommodate Aboriginal groups, as guided by principles of good faith, respect and transparency. New training sessions for officials are organized and implemented each year across the country to continue this work.
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