First Nations engagement
First Nations perspectives are essential for the development of B.C.’s Critical Minerals Strategy. The Province is seeking ideas and feedback from First Nations through three pathways.
- Invitation to bilateral discussions between First Nations and the Province
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation is sending letters to all First Nations, including Treaty First Nations, with an opportunity to engage in government-to-government discussions to solicit First Nations ideas and thoughts on B.C.’s Critical Minerals Strategy. At the same time the Ministry acknowledges that each community’s desire and readiness may differ with respect to engaging on this topic, at this time. Following this initial opportunity, future engagement is anticipated as the Critical Minerals Strategy is further refined and implemented.
For First Nations interested in finding out more, having a first discussion or engaging in another fashion, have a first discussion or engage in another fashion, please contact the Ministry’s Critical Minerals secretariat via email at FirstNationsCriticalMinerals@gov.bc.ca, or by mail to the following address:
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
Responsible Mining and Competitiveness Division
Policy and Competitiveness Branch
6 – 1810 Blanshard Street
PO Box 9320 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8T 4J1
- First Nations Energy and Mining Council November 22, 2023 webinar to solicit First Nations input
The First Nations Energy and Mining Council is developing a First Nations Critical Minerals Strategy. The Province and the First Nations Energy and Mining Council will work to seek synergies between the BC Critical Minerals Strategy and the First Nations Critical Minerals Strategy. As part of this process, the First Nations Energy and Mining Council is organizing a virtual webinar on November 22, 2023, to which First Nations are being invited. At this webinar, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation will present on the development of the BC’s Critical Minerals Strategy and will be available to answer questions. Ministry representatives would also welcome any requests for bilateral discussions during the webinar. In early 2024, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and the First Nations Energy and Mining Council anticipate coming together to discuss potential areas for alignment during implementation of the two strategies.
- Critical Minerals Advisory Committee
The development of B.C.’s Critical Minerals Strategy involves the establishment of a Critical Minerals Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is co-Chaired by a First Nations Leadership Council appointee and a Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation representative. The 12-member committee includes two members from the First Nations Energy and Mining Council, with other members from the mining and exploration, critical minerals value chain, labour, non-governmental, post-secondary and research, financial and innovation sectors. The Advisory Committee will provide recommendations to help shape the BC Critical Minerals Strategy, as informed by the insights and perspectives of its First Nations organizations members.