Consultation and Engagement with Indigenous Communities
The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) recognizes and understands the importance of engaging and consulting with Indigenous communities. The CNSOPB believes that Indigenous communities have unique and specific insights that should be taken into consideration prior to making decisions.
The CNSOPB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal and provincial governments (as represented through the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada) in which the governments can use and rely on, where appropriate, existing CNSOPB practices to assist in discharging the Crown’s consultation and accommodation obligations. This MOU can be found in our References section here.
The CNSOPB will work to engage and consult with Indigenous communities throughout the life-cycle of offshore resource management and development.