Instructor(s): M. Zajdeman; Adjunct Professor
Description: This course introduces students to the stakeholder engagement and consultation required to successfully permit an energy/infrastructure project. The course will address: a) landowner, municipal and community consultation (collectively, “Community consultation”); and, b) Indigenous consultation. The focus will be on gaining social licence through a community-centric, bottom’s up approach to project planning, by examining what meaningful, responsive, iterative consultation is. The Community consultation segment will address land use rights acquisition; consultation plans and mitigation plans. The Indigenous consultation segment will examine the duty to consult and appropriately accommodate; delegation of the procedural aspects of the duty to the industry proponent; the role of the tribunal; declaration of Aboriginal title; if consent required; and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Other issues to be canvassed are: cultural sensitivity; capacity funding; and Impact Benefit Agreements (economic accommodation). Sessions will combine some lectures with class discussion.
Evaluation: Final exam: 80%. Classroom participation: 20%.