February 17, 2011. Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta . Workshop on Consultation. Presentation Outline. What is AUMA? What is Municipal Government? Some Initiatives AUMA’s Submission on the GOA’s Consultation Policy with First Nations Closing. What is AUMA?. Formed in 1905
AUMA is valued by our membership and trusted as a voice for urban municipalities.
AUMA provides leadership in advocating local government interests to all orders of government and other organizations.
According to Alberta’s Municipal Government Act, the purposes of municipal government in Alberta are to:
“AUMA strongly supports the building of relationships between municipal governments, neighbouring First Nations communities and Aboriginal Peoples and Organizations located within urban municipalities.”
“As the representative of municipal urban governments in Alberta, AUMA is interested in facilitating partnerships between local municipal governments and local First Nations governments for the benefit of both, and for enhanced sustainability of Alberta communities.”
FURTHER THAT the Government of Alberta clearly state that while the Crown may delegate certain consultation processes to municipal governments (when municipal governments are project proponents), municipal governments will not face any legal liability as a delegate of the Province for the purposes of consultation processes.
2. THAT the Government of Alberta be made aware that AUMA supports municipal governments consulting with First Nations neighbours and partners, in areas of municipal planning, and local service provision. “AUMA supports the inclusion of Aboriginal Peoples and governments in land‐use planning, and in other collaborative efforts towards sustainability. Sustainability of Alberta’s land resource cannot be achieved if portions of land are not part of the overall land use planning process” (AUMA’s comments on the Provincial Land‐Use Framework).
3. THAT the Government of Alberta provide legal and financial support and expertise that would lead to the creation of practical tools and processes that municipal governments can use to engage with neighbouring First Nations communities and Aboriginal groups/organizations.
FURTHER THAT an education and training component for municipal governments be included as one of the tools.