Reconciliation and Relationships: Building the Basis of Productive Corporate-Aboriginal Relations

The Conference Board of Canada, June 24, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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Join Lyle Viereck as he speaks about the role that reconciliation and enduring relationships can play in fostering constructive, meaningful and mutually-beneficial relations between industry and Aboriginal communities. Drawing on his experience as the Director of Aboriginal Relations and Negotiations with BC Hydro as well as other current projects, Lyle will discuss five key building blocks of reconciliation and how they contribute to both productive Aboriginal relations as well as community capacity development. He will also explore the changing socioeconomic, political and legal landscape surrounding Aboriginal relations overall, and the associated implications for relations between communities and business.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60 minute webinar you will learn:

  • How the private sector can contribute to the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  • Why moving from engagement to reconciliation is the next phase in Aboriginal relations.
  • How building sustainable relationships with Aboriginal communities results in long lasting Impact Benefit Agreements.
  • Why building agreements on a collaborative basis helps to ensure success through the entire project and beyond.
  • Examples of methods to work with parties with varying capacity.

Further reading:

  • The Conference Board’s Centre for the North recently released a summary of their half decade of research into Canada’s Territories. Get your copy of the free report here.
  • Learn more about our Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations, which aims to significantly contribute to the mutual pursuit of dynamic, collaborative, fair and constructive Corporate-Aboriginal relations and interests.
  • About Lyle

    Photo of Lyle ViereckLyle Viereck is the former Director of Aboriginal Relations and Negotiations with BC Hydro. He was with BC Hydro for ten years and has been responsible for setting the BC Hydro’s strategic direction for building sustainable relationships with First Nations throughout British Columbia. In 2012, Lyle led his team in achieving gold status in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program (PAR). Lyle lead the negotiations and settlement of two significant historic grievances resulting from impacts to First Nations from the creation of the Williston Reservoir and with the St’at’imc First Nations over several reservoirs and transmission assets. Lyle has completed numerous Impact Benefit Agreements with First Nations.

    Prior to coming to BC Hydro Lyle was a Chief Negotiator with the Province of BC and was involved in treaty negotiations on Vancouver Island and northern BC. Lyle lead on behalf of the Province of BC the establishment of the BC Treaty Commission process. Lyle was also responsible for overseeing the Province’s consultation and accommodation framework. Currently, Lyle sits on the Board of Directors of Roots of Empathy (an international organization that addresses childhood development). Lyle worked with Roots of Empathy to develop the indigenous component of the program. Lyle also sits on the Board of Directors of Family Services of Greater Vancouver and is Chair of the Fund Development Committee. He is also a member of the BC Business Council’s Aboriginal Relations Task Group, as well as the Chair of the Canadian Hydropower Association’s Aboriginal Working Group.

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