The Department of Energy consults with First Nations on all major energy projects including Deep Panuke, Stealth Ventures Coalbed Methane Project, Alton Gas, and tidal energy.
We do that to ensure the aboriginal community receives firsthand information about energy resource development; to help communities broaden their understanding of the energy industry; and to address Mi'kmaq issues and concerns.
Together, the Department of Energy and the Mi'kmaq have developed "The Energy Consultation Table." It's a consultation process to assist in working collaboratively and positively on the development of Nova Scotia's offshore and onshore energy sector.
The Department is also working with proponents of energy projects to ensure they engage with aboriginals on their projects at an early stage of development.
The Department of Energy continues to work with industry, the Mi'kmaq, and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs to facilitate discussions and work towards an efficient consultation process.
The Government of Nova Scotia is committed to a coordinated, meaningful consultation process with the Mi'kmaq, which is reflected in the Province's Consultation Terms of Reference and the Interim Consultation Policy for consulting with Aboriginal peoples.
For more information about consultation with the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, please contact:
Aboriginal Consultation Coordinator
NS Department of Energy
Tel: (902) 424-7891
Director of Consultation
NS Office of Aboriginal Affairs
Tel: (902) 424-4214