CPABC Industry Update Summer 2014 - Page 25

Social Acceptance: In a Nutshell Companies that want to develop natural resources in BC must not only acquire the permits to proceed but also the tacit acceptance and ongoing approval of their various stakeholders, which may include local communities and NGOs. There has been a seismic shift in how resource companies, First Nations, and other stakeholders approach working together. Old Ways New Ways were • Interactionsprocessgoverned by the • Inoadditioni etos regulatoryeacceptance,l regulatory and companies c mpan now s ek socia were primarily concerned with meeting legal requirements. on the regulatory • Companies relied assumption that it process under the would result in First Nations’ consent. Nations, • Companies met with Firstplans and as required, stating their gathering input but would proceed with project applications despite concerns that had been raised. engagement was • First Nations get project approval; transactional to companies ended engagement once the project began. of • Companies decided ter ms for compensation – money given access granted. and • After regulatory compliancemet, community benefits were companies had the final say in projects and were willing to use legal means to access those resources. acceptance to operate, which is granted by the net work of stakeholders — local communities, NGOs, etc. — in addition to First Nations. It is not a formal piece of paper, but general acceptance to proceed. nies us meeting to • C o m p atraditionale knowledgesand gather understanding of First Nations’ values and work to address concerns in a mutually acceptable mann