The Value of Indigenous Engagement on Engineering and Geoscience Projects

Video Length: 05:26:05

Date Recorded: September/24/2019

This session will teach best practices for collaboration with Indigenous communities when working on engineering and geoscience projects on Indigenous land. The session will take a practical approach by assessing a hypothetical project from both the technical and First Nation's perspective, and finish with a panel of experts sharing their experiences. 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:

  1. Engineering consultant presents design (sets context for dialogue).
  2. Indigenous technical representative sets stage for state of engagement (consultation to date, technical review, Traditional Knowledge).
  3. 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.


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

Mary-Jane Piggott, P.Eng.

Regional Manager, BC Mining Environmental Group, Associate – Klohn Crippen Berger


Dr. Michael Davies, P.Eng./P.Geo.,

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

David Fierro

Elder, Okanagan Nation

Heather Lawrence

Global Manager, Indigenous Affairs, Teck Resources Limited

Trudy Peterson,

Housing Capital & Public Works Manager

Dr. Rob Stevens, P.Geo.,

VP Regulatory and Technical Policy, Association for Mineral Exploration

Members can claim "7" professional development hours after viewing this session


Price: $50.00