Summary of the Second Meeting of the Indigenous Advisory Committee November 6-7, 2019 Ottawa

Meeting Objectives

The objectives for the Committee’s second meeting were to discuss priority areas the Committee had identified related to Indigenous Participation and Indigenous Knowledge as well as to develop a work plan for the Committee.

DAY 1 – November 6, 2019

Agenda item: Welcome and opening remarks

The meeting began with an opening prayer by Elder Claudette Commanda from the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. The Agency’s Ex-Officio member of the Committee provided an update on how advice provided to the Agency has been used thus far.

Agenda item:Overview of Impact Assessment Act (IAA)

The Agency provided an overview of phases of the Impact Assessment process.

Agenda item: Indigenous Elements in the Impact Assessment Act

The Agency provided an overview of the Indigenous elements in the Act and discussed the related guidance in the Agency’s Practitioner’s Guide to Federal Impact Assessments. The Agency then provided an overview of Indigenous engagement on this work to date.

Agenda item: Overview of the integrated review panel process

The Agency provided an overview of the approach to integrated assessments under the IAA and the ongoing collaboration with lifecycle regulators, including the Memorandum of Understanding developed with CER and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, under which the Agency will lead Crown Consultation activities with Indigenous peoples during integrated impact assessment.

Agenda item: Collaboration & Ways of Working Together

The co-chairs led this discussion with the objective to finalize the Terms of Reference (TOR) and provide clarity on how the Committee and the Agency will work together. Several models for Committee collaboration with the Agency on policy development were outlined including: review of Agency-drafted materials; development of new products to inform Agency policies; the creation of sub-committees or working groups, as well as joint working sessions between face-to-face Committee meetings to elaborate on specific topics.

Members discussed the following issues throughout the course of day one:



Impact on Rights

DAY 2 – November 7, 2019

Agenda: Welcome & Housekeeping

David McGovern, President of the Impact Assessment Agency provided opening remarks, which highlighted priority areas for which advice from the Committee could be very valuable, including: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous participation in Impact Assessment and assessing the potential impacts on rights in Impact Assessment. The Committee acknowledged the importance of working in these areas and considered them later in the day during the forward planning discussion.

Agenda item: Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework - Engagement

The Agency provided an overview of the engagement process for IK thus far including the discussion paper that supported national engagement undertaken this past year by the Task Team on Environment and Regulatory Review and a “What we heard report” from those consultations..

Agenda item: Planning for the Forward Work Plan

Agenda item: Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Indigenous Advisory Committee

Action Items from November 6-7 Meeting

Secretariat Action Items:

Members’ Action-items:



Committee Members

Impact Assessment Agency

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