The Historic Resources Management Branch of Alberta Culture works with Aboriginal communities to help preserve and protect their cultural heritage sites.
As part of the Historical Resources Act regulatory process, when a known traditional use site of an historic resources nature has the potential to be threatened by a development project, consultation with the Aboriginal community or avoidance of the site may be required. Traditional use sites of an historic resources nature that are known to Alberta Culture appear on the Listing of Historic Resources as a generalized legal land description. This informs developers if their proposed project has the potential to impact an historic resource without revealing the specific location and information about the traditional use site.
Alberta Culture also recognizes the benefit of working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities on the promotion and interpretation of Aboriginal cultural heritage and welcomes inquiries from communities who would like assistance in this regard.
Under The Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Resource Management, 2013, Alberta has created the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO). The ACO is currently undergoing an internal re-organization and until the Aboriginal Consultation Office is fully established, applications will continue to be processed under The Government of Alberta's First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development, 2005 and the Guidelines adopted in 2006 and amended in 2007. Requirements for consultation under the Historical Resources Act will still be managed by Alberta Culture.
Alberta Culture is working in collaboration with the ACO towards the coordination and management of the consultation process. The ACO will advise you in advance of changes to procedures in relation to First Nations consultation. Specifically you will be advised when the 2013 Policy and attendant Guidelines come into force.
For further information see: Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO).
The Aboriginal Heritage Section will prepare information bulletins to provide direction and updates to proponents for the delegated procedural aspects of consultation for traditional use sites of an historic resource nature, as needed.
For more information, please contact the Aboriginal Heritage section directly.
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