Cree’s of Missanabie:
- we have prepared a negotiating strategy, and conducted planning exercises and subsequent negotiating plan to organize effort’s in negotiating forestry opportunities,
- we secured a Letter of Intent with Weyerhaeuser and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to develop an agreement and work on FMP’s with Missanabie Cree,
- We established a negotiations table between the Missanabie Cree First Nation, Weyerhaeuser Company, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Regional Office, Chapleau District, and Wawa District which had been considered as the leading table in the Province by the Provincial Government regarding First Nations forestry negotiations. At the time, there was no other table like it taking place in Ontario, as stated by the Regional MNR. This table was supported as a pilot project by the MNR as the possible solution to First Nation negotiations. It involved multiple Districts and various senior officials from both companies and the MNR who have been expressing their optimism for its future,
- We negotiated an agreement between the Missanabie Cree First Nation and the largest tree grower in Ontario to make the Missanabie Cree First Nation the Liaison for the grower, begin feasibilities in potential business partnerships, and a commitment of an annual royalty to the First Nation.
Cree’s of New Post / Taykwa Tagamou:
- At the Taykwa Tagamou Economic Development Corporation we are providing ad hoc forestry services when required such as, forestry planning, business planning and strategic alignment, people management training and advice, contract negotiations, accounts management and advice, and representation on agreement round tables surrounding the current forestry agreements negotiated through New Post,
- We negotiated a twenty year $450 million dollar forestry agreement between the Taykwa Tagamou Nation and Tembec which established an unprecedented form of timber rights ownership. The agreement takes partnering to a new level and introduces new and exciting innovations to First Nation / Industrial relations. It sees the First Nation, the company, and the local economy benefit from transferring timber rights between TTN and Tembec in a way that allows for maximized economies even during economic down turns.
- We restructured a fifteen million dollar a year forestry company for the Taykwa Tagamou Economic Development Corporation to help them make the leap from start up aboriginal company to an efficient and effective leader in the field,
- we were one of the first organized efforts in bringing Term and Condition 77 to the forefront of Forest Planning. As well, we played a significant role in the development and negotiating of a Working Relationship Agreement between Tembec Inc. and New Post, which is being heralded as a leading agreement in Canada in terms of First Nations Forestry,
- In New Post, we were involved in the negotiating of a long-term forestry agreement and its subsequent forestry opportunities with Abitibi-Consolidated,
- We developed a number of First Nation forestry orientated business plans for New Post during our relationship,
- We developed a five year negotiating plan to organize efforts and ensure the maximization of opportunities to the Band.
- We built and negotiated a Long Term Forestry agreement for the New Post First Nation which takes off from the Working relationship agreement and identifies specifics associated to the business relationship between New Post and its business partners.
The Algonquins of Beaverhouse:
- We are negotiating an impact benefits agreement between the Beaverhouse First Nation and Canadian Malartic Corporation that takes an Accord approach to the arrangement;
- We Developed and Implemented an evolutionary consultation protocol for the Beaverhouse First Nation that requires developers to seek a consultation certificate from the community prior to any development. The process also sees the implementation of a prescribed approach to consultation developed by the First Nation community itself, while also providing the developer a clear and stable approach to this requirement;
- We negotiated a long term exploration agreement between Beaverhouse First Nation and Canadian Malartic Corporation that includes a First Nation prescribed consultation protocol.
The Algonquins of Long Point:
- We negotiated a land mark agreement between Long Point and Tembec Inc. incorporating Long Point’s Permit Process into a formalized Consultation Process for forest operations. Effectively, this arrangement sees the Company take responsibility for applying to Long Point for an “Endorsement Certificate” to do operations on traditional territory. The Application process incorporates an innovative and evolutionary Consultation Process. Should the company satisfy the requirements of the agreement, Long Point will issue a Permit to them identifying what the conditions are for them to conduct their operations;
- At Long Point we have developed a land mark process for aboriginal communities to use the issuance of permits from their communities as a means of effective consultation. The permitting process allows for the community to issue a Permit to development proponents who complete a process of consultation with community;
- We successfully negotiated a “bridge” agreement between the Algonquin's of Long Point, Quebec, and the Quebec government which had a value of approximately one million dollars at signing, and relieved the tension of an escalating crisis between Long Point and Domtar by providing commitments and a venue to complete the negotiating of a long term agreement. We also developed a forestry business plan, conducted capacity building exercises, and negotiated further forestry opportunities in their region;
- We initiated the processes associated to the Long Point First Nation and Quebec relationship, where we negotiating a framework agreement which led to Resource Sectoral Agreements;
- We led a negotiating table between the Long Point First Nation and the Province of Quebec to establish a series of agreements around natural resource development and resource sharing;
- We successfully negotiated an Interim Agreement between the Long Point First Nation and the Province of Quebec ending an industry wide shutdown and conflict. The agreement committed the parties to processes for negotiating government to government formal agreements around Natural Resources and to interest based principles to guide their relationship respectively;
- We have developed and implemented a customized strategic and negotiating planning workshop for the Long Point First Nation, including the development of a comprehensive negotiating strategy termed, "Operation Alchemy".
The Algonquins of Lac Simon:
- At The Long Point First Nation & The Lac Simon First Nation we have negotiated “An Agreed Process For Negotiations Agreement” with the government of Quebec, marking the first positive accomplishment between the Parties previously marred in a two year stand-off.
The Algonquins of Wahgoshig:
- We successfully halted logging operations of a sacred piece of land for the Wahgoshig First Nation and negotiated the removal of this piece of land from future logging plans forever.
- We also begun the development of a long term forestry agreement between Tembec and Wahgoshig;
- We played a key role in the negotiation of a ground breaking forestry agreement between the Wahgoshig First Nation, New Post First Nation, The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Abitibi Consolidated Inc. This agreement commits opportunities to the First Nation Alliance, and commits the parties to share in the capacity building associated to them;
- We negotiated an agreement between Queenston Mining Inc. and the Wahgoshig First Nation committing the mining company to a protocol around exploration, and an Impact Benefits Agreement should they wish to go into production of a resource;
- We negotiated an agreement between Boulder Mining Inc. and the Wahgoshig First Nation committing the mining company to a protocol around exploration and an Impact Benefits Agreement should they wish to go into production of a resource;
- At Wahgoshig First Nation we participated in long term agreement negotiations between Wahgoshig, Tembec, Abitibi, Domtar and MNR;
- At Wahgoshig Anishinabek Mitik Inc. we developed a Strategic Plan and a Business Plan;
- At Wahgoshig Anishinabek Mitik Inc. we negotiated the winter harvesting and line cutting contracts;
- We established and organized media campaign and a legal injunction for the Wahgoshig First Nation to assist them in dealing with a less than cooperative logging company near their reserve;
- We negotiated with Tom Exploration Inc. and the Wahgoshig First Nation committing the mining company to a protocol around exploration and an Impact Benefits Agreement should they wish to go into production of a resource;
- We participated in negotiations with Falconbridge Inc. and the Wahgoshig First Nation committing the mining company to a protocol around exploration and an Impact Benefits Agreement should they wish to go into production of a resource;
- We successfully negotiated a twenty year, relationship agreement between Tembec Inc. and the Wahgoshig First Nation which will generate economies well over 100 million dollars during the term. This agreement represents an evolutionary shift toward recognizing the need to manage a set of fundamentals which will see the planned and organized growth of the First Nation. It quintessentially provides long term solutions with short term realization of results;
- At Wahgoshig Anishinabek Mitik Inc. we have developed a corporate five year Business Plan;
- At Wahgoshig Anishinabek Mitik Inc. we have developed a corporate five year Strategic Plan;
- At Wahgoshig First Nation we developed and implemented a five year Negotiating plan.
The Ojibway's of North Bay through Garden Village and the Nipissing First Nation:
- We have been successful in negotiating with both the MNR and the Forest Industry to provide in the words of the MNR regional Director, "the most comprehensive forest management plan in Ontario" with respect to it's contents on native values and involvement. This plan also has an unprecedented alternative disputes resolution clause included in the event of disagreement to ensure disputes are handled arbitrarily versus by the MNR solely, and gives the First Nation community decision making power over heritage issues versus simply obligating the forest industry to "inform" First Nation of their actions.
- We have also negotiated a letter of intent signed by the industry, who six months prior wouldn't even sit with Nipissing, to ensure forestry opportunities are negotiated in good faith before the end of the planning term. Part of this commitment is to allow a pilot project with Tembec Industries to be applied across the board with the rest of the industry upon its completion.
- We spear-headed the negotiations in terms of all activities, and produced a Working Relationship Agreement very similar to the one negotiated with New Post which is being heralded in the same light, as being the leading agreement in Canada in terms of First Nations Forestry. As in New Post’s case, the agreement commits the parties to the development of a long term twenty-year forestry agreement,
The Niska Training Academy:
Developed a series of customized workshops for the Niska Training acedemy geared at adversity training. Three seperate workshops were created focussing on three audiences: the aboriginal; the aboriginal entrepreneur and the non-aboriginal entepreneur.
These workshops take aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, employees, exisiting joint ventures and aspiring joint vetures through poingnant awareness and open dialogue, challenging typical understandings while inviting the will to move beyond them.
Bev Cheechoo of the Moose Band Development Corporation identified them as, "Eye opening workshops..."
View the workshop outlines:
The Niska Training Academy is a branch of the Moose Cree Development Corporation.
Cochrane Community Adjustment Exercise:
As a result of the recession of 2008 a downturn in the Cochrane economy occurred. An exercise was conducted through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Cochrane Economic Development Corporation, whereby assessment and recommendation for future adjustments was done.
This is a project that is intended to empower the community to review its current socio-economic state and analyse whether there is a need for making adjustments. A committee of 14 locals representing key facets in the socio-economic fabric of the community was established to guide the process along and to make the final report on possible adjustments.
Existing research along with new research, as well as community consultations, was relied upon for determining the adjustments needed and a strategic course of action. The final outcome was determined to be a comprehensive report to the community Council which systematically laid out the proposed adjustments in a workable format.