The session will be comprised of two components:
An engineering infrastructure project on Indigenous land will be presented to the participants. The project will be presented within the context of setting the stage for an interactive dialogue at a project open house. The following steps will be followed:
- Engineering consultant presents design (sets context for dialogue).
- Indigenous technical representative sets stage for state of engagement (consultation to date, technical review, Traditional Knowledge).
- Open house scenario (dialogue between engineering consultant and Indigenous technical representative).
The case study will be interactive to maximize learning opportunities. Although it is a hypothetical project, the content will use lessons learned from real projects.
There will be a facilitated panel session in which the panelist will have a chance to critique the project case study. In addition, the panelist will discuss their experience and knowledge about fostering collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities and combining traditional knowledge with western science.
There will be a question and answer portion during both parts of the session.
To look at projects through a new lens that considers Indigenous issues. This includes tailoring technical messages to suit the audience, gaining a greater understanding of cultural narratives that influence decision making of Indigenous communities, considerations regarding timeline and when engagement is most beneficial, and how Indigenous input can result in better overall project outcomes.
Primary target audience is Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists who work on projects located on Indigenous land.
Other audience members could include Authorities Having Jurisdiction, contractors, governmental agencies, and developers with projects located on Indigenous lands.
Nalaine Morin, Principal, ArrowBlade Consulting Service
Dr. Michael Davies, P.Eng./P.Geo.,
Mary-Jane Piggott, P.Eng. Regional Manager, BC Mining Environmental Group, Associate – Klohn Crippen Berger
Senior Advisor, Tailings & Mine Waste, Teck Resources Limited
Tania Demchuck, P.Geo.,
Executive Director and Deputy Chief Inspector, Compliance and Enforcement, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Elder, Okanagan Nation
Global Manager, Indigenous Affairs, Teck Resources Limited
Housing Capital & Public Works Manager
Dr. Rob Stevens, P.Geo.,
VP Regulatory and Technical Policy, Association for Mineral Exploration