Aboriginal consultation and engagement

April 15, 2012

What's the difference between consultation and engagement? Legally, the government has the duty to consult but sometimes governments do make project approvals without adequate consultation which can ultimately lead to projects not moving ahead in a timely manner even though project approval has been granted. Legal or regulatory process challenges after project approvals from governments can delay, or even result in project approvals being sent back for more consultation. It is a risk that has to be contemplated and managed by both government and industry.


Engagement is the formal and informal way in which Aboriginal Peoples, governments and industry stay connected on issues of mutual interest and is generally undertaken by industry. Aboriginal People will see the two as synonymous as from their perspective their goal is to make sure their rights are not infringed upon.

Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® tip:

It is in the best interests of both government and business to be actively involved in the management of projects in their portfolios that involve Aboriginal consultation and engagement and should try hard to compliment the efforts of each other.

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