Columbia River Treaty


Retained by Ministry of Mines to provide advice and facilitation and negotiation support to the Columbia Treaty Review process and related dialogue between the Treaty Entities and engagement of First Nations, the US Sovereigns, and stakeholders in both Canada and the US.

Ecosystem Based Management Working Group Director

(2007- Present)

Alex Grzybowski was retained by the Provincial Government and multiple coastal First Nations (Aboriginal peoples) to facilitate and lead a team of representatives of provincial agencies, First Nations, Environmental Groups, communities, and forest companies mandated to provide information and recommendations on the implementation of EBM on the central and north coast of British Columbia (“Great Bear Rainforest”).

Integrated Land Management Bureau and Wet’suwet’en First Nation Consultation Framework


Alex Grzybowski was retained by ILMB and the Wet’suwet’en Nation to facilitate negotiation of a mutually acceptable process for fulfilling the legal obligations related to Aboriginal Rights and Title which may be affected by decisions taken under the provincial Land Act. The process has been agreed to at the negotiator level and is now undergoing further internal review.

Integrated Land Management Bureau and Hupacasath First Nation Protocol and Issue Resolution Process

(2006 to 2007)

Alex Grzybowski was retained by both ILMB and the Hupacasath Nation to facilitate negotiation of the terms of a Protocol for effective working relations between the Nation and the agency and the steps in a pragmatic process for resolving critical land and resource use issues. The Protocol terms have been agreed to as have the steps in the process.

St’at’imc Province of BC Protocol Implementation


Pacific Resolutions assisted in the development of a mutually acceptable approach and principles to resolving land and resource issues between the St’at’imc Nation and the Provincial Government. Multiple agreements and functional working relationships were developed. Ultimately negotiations resulted in a milestone agreement which included a land use plan decision, economic measures and a collaborative decision making process.

Province of BC Consultations with First Nations regarding Landfills


Pacific Resolutions was retained to facilitate consultations between the Ministry of Environment and the Haisla, the Kitsumkalum, the Kitselas and the House of Spookw regarding the siting and expansion of landfills in the vicinity of Terrace and Hazelton. Many of the participating First Nations representatives and the provincial staff responsible for the process indicated their strong endorsement for how this process was facilitated.

Mountain Pine Beetle Workshop


Land use planning in British Columbia has been carried out for the past 15 years through land use planning processes involving multiple stakeholders. With the exception of a few of these processes, most First Nations have not participated nor do they recognize these land use plans in relation to their traditional territories. At the same time, First Nations have been developing their own land use plans for their traditional territories. In addition, in 2005, the provincial government and First Nations Leadership Council officially entered into a New Relationship. As part of this, the provincial government and First Nations determined there was a need to work together to develop strategic land use plans that could be supported by both parties, as well as developing immediate practical solutions to priorty land use issues such as the mountain pine beetle epidemic. A workshop with 50 participants from First Nations and provincial government agencies was intensively facilitated by Pacific Resolutions. A consensus proceedings report was developed with action items and recommendations.

Coastal First Nations Land Use Plan Integration Scoping


The Coastal First Nations (formally Turning Point) retained Pacific Resolutions to facilitate development of an approach to reconciling the overlapping land use plans of five of the First Nations involved in the organization. During a two day facilitated discussion, representatives of each of the five Nations identified the areas within their land use plans where differences would have to be resolved and agreed on, and determined the principles and key process elements that would guide them towards this resolution.