Aboriginal Inclusiveness from the Perspective of Aboriginal Communities

CIM Vancouver 2010
Jennifer Young, Ken Brown,
The concept of Aboriginal Inclusiveness or Aboriginal Inclusion reflects a variety of practices: from internal hiring strategies (affirmative action); to incorporating cultural awareness programs; to approaches in governmental policy development; or even to negotiating economic development and fiscal sharing strategies. The current often adversarial climate between First Nations and industry often is a reflection of each “side” beginning with a different definition and intended outcomes in mind.

For many First Nations and Aboriginal communities acknowledging traditional knowledge including the importance of respect and earned trust is the most critical step in truly feeling included. Speaking from the perspective of First Nations, we will talk about examples of successful and failed negotiations and the establishment of successful long term partnerships between industry and First Nations communities. We will also talk about the importance of supporting the implementation of signed agreements. As industry representatives, it is important that you appreciate that in order to create effective agreements, they need to look beyond economic development to “include” support for culture, health, wellness, education, leadership development, and good governance.


Chief Ken Brown of the Klahoose First Nation is the respected leader of his people and is seen as an innovator for driving economic development for Aboriginal peoples by First Nations across BC. He was instrumental in effectively negotiating the successful partnership with Plutonic Power and the creation of the Toba Hydro Project located on their traditional territory. The signing of that agreement has led to the creation of a number of other successful business ventures owned and operated by the Nation. http://www.klahoose.org/index.html

Jennifer Young, Vice President Aboriginal Relations HB Global, has had the honour of working with numerous First Nations and aboriginal communities across Canada providing a wide variety of consulting services. She is provided communities and leadership advice on strategic and community planning, structuring economic development corporations, developing effective governance and accountability frameworks, restructuring organizational and operational policies and procedures for administration and subsidiary companies, developing business plans, developing community health and housing plans, conducting feasibility studies, and conducting program evaluations. Jennifer is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM). She teaches the Ethics and Values course for the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada.
HB Global is a subsidiary of Heenan Blaikie LLP www.heenan.ca
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