Indigenous Advisory Committee Meeting Summaries and Minutes
Indigenous Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes and Summaries to post internally and externally
Meeting Summary December 9-10, 2020
The Canada Energy Regulator Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) met virtually on December 9-10, 2020. The meetings began with a prayer from Elder Vera Marie Crowchild from Tsuut’ina Nation, and a land acknowledgement from the CER Board of Directors (Board) Chairperson, from Vancouver Island.
Preliminary matters included approval of the minutes from the IAC meeting on October 14-15, 2020 and the joint Board-IAC meeting on October 26-27, 2020.
The first substantive item discussed was the draft IAC Terms of Reference. Members discussed topics including appropriate terminology and how to reflect the role of IAC Members directly nominated by National Indigenous Organizations.
The Chairperson of the Board of Directors provided members with an update on how the IAC’s comments had been incorporated into the CER Strategic Plan, 2021-22. This was followed by a discussion on the process the CER is developing for requesting and responding to IAC’s advice, and the development of a work plan for the IAC for fiscal year 2021-22.
The Board Chairperson provided an overview of the CER’s governance structure, focusing on the role of the IAC. The IAC then discussed the CER’s Data and Digital Innovation Strategic Priority. Members provided feedback and advice related to data sovereignty, in particular the cataloguing and access to Indigenous knowledge and confidential information.
The second day began with a presentation and general overview on the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees (IAMC) for Trans Mountain and Enbridge Line 3. Following the presentation, the IAMC Indigenous Co-Chairs shared lessons learned and recommendations for moving forward. The discussion included how the work and mandates of the IAMCs and IAC might intersect.
The CER provided an overview of key projections and findings from the Canada Energy Futures 2020 Report, and discussed the CER’s Energy Information Program. Members provided feedback and advice including on the need to more effectively engage and communicate information to Indigenous Nations and communities.
The Committee finished their meeting with a discussion of the IAC approach to cultural protocols while working in both a virtual and post-pandemic world.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:30pm MT on 10 December 2020
Meeting Summary October 26-27, 2020
The Canada Energy Regulator’s (CER’s) Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) and Board of Directors (Board) met virtually in a joint meeting on October 26-27, 2020. The meeting began with a prayer from Elder Vera Marie Crowchild from Tsuut’ina Nation and a land acknowledgement from the Board Chairperson, which honoured the traditional territories of all participants.
Preliminary matters included an overview of the process undertaken to co-develop the Terms of Reference, and a summary of feedback received to date.
The IAC and Board considered the current draft Terms of Reference together with preliminary feedback received, through small group sessions and a larger plenary discussion. Through these conversations, members and Directors discussed potential foundational and guiding principles for the Terms of Reference, which could better reflect Indigenous worldviews throughout the document. Members and Directors also discussed the ways in which the IAC’s advice could be provided, and how it could best influence change within the CER and its regulated industry. The importance of relationships was also discussed, including how various relationships could be developed and maintained.
The IAC members met without the Board to discuss cultural protocol for IAC meetings, before going in camera, to select an interim Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.
On the second day of the meetings, the members and Directors turned to a discussion on the Strategic Plan– again through the format of small group sessions and a larger plenary discussion. The conversations focused on the inclusiveness of the language used in the Strategic Plan and the ways in which Indigenous involvement and perspectives could be enhanced through the document. The need for an accountability mechanism was also noted. Specific feedback was provided on the Mission and Vision statements, as well as on the four Strategic Priorities.
In the final session, members received an onboarding presentation from Executive Vice-President Regulatory, on the CER’s regulatory lifecycle. Topics covered included: CER jurisdiction; CER regulatory framework; and project lifecycle (project application process; and post-approval oversight).
Meeting Summary October 14-15, 2020
The Canada Energy Regulator Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) met virtually on October 14-15, 2020. The meeting began with a prayer from Elder Sykes Powderface from the Stoney Nakoda Nation, and a land acknowledgement from the CER Chief Executive Officer from the City of Calgary.
Preliminary matters included a recap of the inaugural September 2-3, 2020 IAC meeting, and updates on future meetings.
The first substantive item discussed was the draft IAC Terms of Reference, which is being co-developed with the CER Board of Directors. The members reviewed the initial draft of the document. Through this discussion, members noted important elements that should be included in this foundational document, such as a clear definition of ‘consensus’, a statement on how their advice would be situated within the CER’s broader governance model, and appropriate inclusive language to describe the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Members also sought additional information on their role and mandate; and provided feedback on their vision for how IAC meetings, relationships, and advice could be structured.
The Board Chairperson then provided members with an overview of the draft CER Strategic Plan, 2021-22, for information and preliminary advice. In the discussion following the Chairperson’s presentation, members reflected on ways in which the language could be improved; as well as how certain direct references from the Canadian Energy Regulatory Act could be incorporated.
Finally, the Executive Vice-President Transparency and Strategic Engagement provided an overview of the CER’s Reconciliation Strategic Priority (including work to date and suggested areas of focus going forward), for information and preliminary advice. Members provided feedback and guidance on specific initiatives being undertaken under this strategic priority including Indigenous procurement, the CER cultural competence program, and areas for improvement within regulatory processes.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:05pm MT on 15 October 2020
Meeting Summary September 2-3, 2020
The inaugural meeting of the Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) was held virtually on September 2-3, 2020. The meeting began with Elder Sykes Powderface, from the Stoney Nakoda Nation from the Calgary area giving opening remarks and a land acknowledgement from the Tsuut’ina Nation’s Grey Eagle Hotel and Conference by video. This was followed by opening and welcome remarks from the Board of Directors and CER Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board Chairperson noted that the IAC completes the CER’s governance structure and that the Board wants to co-develop the Committee’s Terms of Reference with the IAC.
The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) provided IAC members with an overview of the governance of the organization, together with an overview of what the CER regulates, and where energy infrastructure is located. The Committee also discussed a potential process for an interim Chairperson and the Guiding Principles for the IAC.
In the second day of the meetings, the IAC met with the Board of Directors, CEO and Lead Commissioner. The Lead Commissioner provided a brief overview of the role of the CER’s Commission. The IAC and the Board also discussed a framework for co-development of the IAC Terms of Reference and potential collaboration moving forward.
Finally, both the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada provided welcoming remarks.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:30pm MT on 3 September 2020
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