Welcome to this virtual Wayfinding Guide on Benefit Agreements, commissioned by the First Nations LNG Alliance (FNLNGA). The Alliance is a collective of First Nations who are participating in, and supportive of, sustainable and responsible Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) development in British Columbia (BC).
The Wayfinding Guide draws on a systematic research and literature scan of existing guidance on Benefit Agreements, while being mindful of the perspectives, needs and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
The goal of the Wayfinding Guide is to support a baseline understanding of BAs among communities who are members of the FNLNGA, and to facilitate the identification of culturally-appropriate principles for defining, implementing, monitoring and (if needed) exiting BAs.
To meet this goal, the Wayfinding Guide provides a catalogue of 16 critical issues BC First Nations may encounter at different points in their BA journey. Each issue is briefly defined, supported with case illustrations and leading practices, includes considerations for First Nations and provides a short-list of further resources to consult on the topic.
AEM – Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
ASDF – Ahafo Sustainable Development Forum
AWBEN – Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Network
BA – Benefit Agreement BC British Columbia
BCFNDGI – BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative
BMZ German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
BNL – Barrick Niugini Limited
BSA – Benefit Sharing Agreement
CBA – Community Benefit Agreement
CDA – Community Development Agreement
CIRNAC – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
DIO – Designated Inuit Organizations
EIA – Environmental Impact Assessment
EMB – Environmental Management Board
EWB-MSV – Engineers Without Borders Canada - Mining Shared Value Initiative
FNFTA – First Nations Financial Transparency Act
FNLNGA – First Nations Liquefied Natural Gas Alliance
FNNBOA – First Nations National Building Officer’s Association
FPIC – Free, Prior and Informed Consent
GIZ – German Development Agency
HIA – Health Impact Assessment
IA – Impact Assessment
IBA – Impact Benefit Agreement
ICMM – International Council on Mining and Metals
IFC – International Finance Corporation
IFI – International Financial Institution
IIBA – Innuit Impact Benefit Agreement
INAC – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
IOL – Inuit-Owned Lands
ISC – Indigenous Services Canada
KitIA – Kitikmeot Inuit Association
KivIA – Kivalliq Inuit Association
KLC – Kimberley Land Council
LIA – Labrador Innuit Association
LLG – Local Level Government
LNG – Liquefied Natural Gas
M&E – Monitoring and Evaluation
NADeF – Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation
NLC – Northern Land Council
NLCA – Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
NTI – Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
OSR – Own-Source Revenue
PJV – Porgera Joint Venture
PSAB – Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business
QIA – Qikiqtani Inuit Association
SEMC – Socio-Economic Monitoring Committee
SML – Special Mining Lease
TCS – Tax Credit Scheme
UNDRIP – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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