Aboriginal people around the world struggle to establish a fair and equitable relationship with the larger nations that they reside within. Pacific Resolutions has provided capacity building, facilitation and mediation services within Aboriginal communities to assist in the development of new relationships and mutually beneficial agreements between Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders and levels of Government in Canada and many other parts of the world.
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.
Alex Grzybowski was retained by Bella Coola Helisports to lead negotiations of protocol arrangements including revenue sharing arrangements between the company and 7 First Nations, whose territories the company operates within.
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”).
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.
(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.
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.
A Land Act Referral Framework was developed between the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) and the Wet’suwet’en Nation establishing a mutually acceptable process for consultation on Land Act Decisions.
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.
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.
Winter recreation conflicts in the Valemount Blue River area were resolved through multi-stakeholder agreement that formed the basis of the Valemount Blue River Sustainable Resource Management Plan.
Two First Nations on the BC coast (Gitga’at and Kitasoo Xaixais) spearheaded this pilot project, which focused on collaborative testing and development of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) concepts and methodologies as well as Conservation Financing models. The pilot was initiated and jointly funded on the basis of a protocol agreement between these First Nations, forest companies and environmental groups. Over a two year period, the pilot process developed and delivered EBM concepts and methodologies that made significant contributions to the Coast Information Team, FN planning processes and provincially sponsored multi-party planning processes. Pacific Resolutions mediated and facilitated the Protocol and then coordinated and facilitated the pilot from convening through completion.
The Esketemc First Nation live in the Alkali Lake area and were involved in the Treaty process and informal discussions with local non-First Nations communities regarding improved relationships between First Nations and non-First Nations. Pacific Resolutions was retained by the Esketemc to assist them with internal strategic planning regarding both the Treaty process and talks with other communities, as well as to provide mediation and negotiation training.
Business at the Summit is a one day annual conference facilitated by Pacific Resolutions involving more than 100 leaders in the business community and representatives of First Nations from across the province.
Program design and faciliation were provided for a multi-sectoral conference discussing the current status of sustainability and land use in British Columbia.
The Province of British Columbia and the First Nations Summit engaged in discussions facilitated/mediated by Pacific Resolutions regarding a resolution of outstanding issues related to Order in Council 1036 and, in particular, issues associated with the resumptive clause in this Order in Council and other issues associated with public access through reserve land.
A priority action identified in the Mountain Pine Beetle Workshop (see below) was the need for First Nations and the Province to jointly develop a land use planning framework that can be used to establish a land use vision and land use plans supported by both First Nations and the Province, and to jointly develop a work plan and address resourcing and capacity issues to undertake this work. Facilitated discussions are ongoing among representatives from the provincial Integrated Land Management Bureau, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconcilliation and the First Nations Forestry Council.
Alex Grzybowski 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.
Alex Grzybowski provided project management and facilitation to the multiparty negotiation (33 representatives of a wide range of resource and environmental interests including First Nations) on behalf of the Commission On Resources and Environment. The table was unable to reach agreement given a lack of policy direction regarding the amount of protected areas required in the region. Alex Grzybowski subsequently took the lead on drafting the Commission’s recommended plan for the region which became the starting point for a final negotiation led by the Premier’s Office which resulted in agreement on a land use plan for the region.
The Ulkatcho First Nation and local stakeholder groups from the Anahim Lake area requested support from the BC Commission on Resources and Environment to support the resolution of local land use and forest management issues. A Pacific Resolutions director provided project management, facilitation and training support to the initiative. A round table was convened which involved 29 representatives from a wide range of resource and environmental interests, as well as representatives of the Ulkatcho and the Province. An agreement on a comprehensive resource management plan for the Ulkatcho traditional territory was reached. In addition, the Ulkatcho and the local forest company established a business partnership to undertake forest development in keeping with the plan.
The Western Strathcona Local Advisory Council was initiated by the Ministry of Forests and requested to produce by consensus a sustainable development strategy for the Kyuquot Sound area on Northwest Vancouver Island. There were 25 participants including representatives of the forest industry, mining industry, local native bands, environmental groups, local communities, labor, government, and the fishing industry. The Council achieved consensus on a strategy and submitted it to the Ministry of Forests in April, 1991.