On October 29, 2014 you are cordially invited to attend an all-day learning seminar titled: Planning for Successful Projects: Integrating Aboriginal Consultation in the Environmental Assessment Process. This is the fifth annual learning seminar hosted by the Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA). OAA is to co-host the event this year with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Environment.
This year’s seminar will provide insight into how Consultation with the Mi’kmaq is integrated into environmental assessment (EA) processes in Nova Scotia. EAs serve as a key planning tool in determining the likely impacts of projects on the environment. Over time, EAs have become a requirement for a variety of small and large projects, and increasingly also consider impacts on the socio-economic environment, including Aboriginal communities and their unique rights. In addition to speakers from various sectors sharing their expertise and experiences in this area, there will be an opportunity to visit tradeshow booths. This event will also profile recent milestones such as the new Nova Scotia Consultation Policy, the new Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study Protocols, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) 2012 and partnerships between industry and Mi’kmaw communities/organizations.
The seminar will provide a unique learning and networking opportunity by bringing together industry, consultants, government and non-government organizations, academics, Mi’kmaw organizations, legal professionals, and those who wish to gain a better understanding of consultation with the Mi’kmaq and environmental assessment in Nova Scotia.