In December 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to co-develop a new Arctic Policy Framework with Northerners, territorial and provincial governments, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis People. The new framework will replace Canada’s Northern Strategy and Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy and develop a long-term vision for Canada’s role in the Arctic to 2030.
Identifying Common Ground: The Intersection between Canada’s Mining Sector and Aboriginal Communities
We are all aware of the many challenges facing the minerals sector today. These include securing access to lands for exploration and development, project financing, uncertainty of environmental and project approval processes, and gaining the trust and support of Aboriginal and other communities. Aboriginal communities are making progress in asserting their role in relationships with mineral companies to make their projects successful and in protecting the environment and ensuring long term benefits for youth and their families.
Over the last two years, two national conversations have been unfolding: reconciliation (as embodied in the ‘Calls to Action’ released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and the federal review of environmental assessment (as embodied in the release of the Expert Panel report). Stratos has been privileged to be involved in several projects that lie at the intersection of these two conversations, trying to understand what regulation in an era of reconciliation could look like. This has included our work to:
Do you get excited about tackling complex challenges facing society today? Do you seek to influence economic sustainability, community engagement and the resilience of our environment? You can have this impact, at Stratos.
We have an exciting opening for a Consultant: www.stratos-sts.com/careers
If you have 3 – 5 years of experience in natural resource management or sustainability, and perhaps you have some consulting experience already, you may be a great fit.
When it comes to managing natural resources, word on the street is that Canada’s north is doing it right. While there is always room for improvement, generally, investors are finding relative certainty and efficiency in regulatory processes; there is consideration of public interest objectives; communities are being engaged in a meaningful way; and, Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and perspectives are being integrated into governance and decision-making.
In the fall of 2016, Stratos was hired by a federal department to take stock of what has been working in the north and to identify opportunities for further improvement.
What Stratos found through its research were unique systems that are:
Stratos is not an engineering consultancy, but we do a lot of work with engineers and even have a few engineers on our team! A conversation that we have sometimes had at the office is the role of engineers in promoting sustainable natural resource development, and our perspectives on how that is or is not happening. Our curiosity and discussions around this topic brought us to the Engineering Change Lab, a group that is working to define the higher potential of the engineering profession and simultaneously identifying, testing and progressing initiatives to address the challenges that are holding back this potential.
Stratos is excited to be providing professional services to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Integrated Oceans Management (IOM) and Marine Conservation Targets (MCT) programs.
In 2010, the Aichi Targets were established under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Under Target 11, Canada committed to conserve 10% of its coastal and marine areas through effectively managed networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures by 2020. This commitment was reconfirmed in 2015, and in 2016 the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard announced an interim target of conserving 5% of Canada’s coastal and marine areas by 2017.
Stratos Contribution to the Federal Regulatory Review Process - Cross-Jurisdictional International Review of Energy Regulators
The Government of Canada is currently undertaking an important review of environmental and regulatory processes with a focus on:
Reviewing federal environmental assessment processes;
Modernizing the National Energy Board; and
Restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.
This review has advanced through the work of two Parliamentary Committees and two Expert Panels. Consultation with Indigenous Peoples, key interests and the public has been an important aspect of the review process. All four of the Committee / Panel reports have been completed: