Do you need help creating an Indigenous Engagement Plan? Not sure what goes into one? Where to start? Or who to talk too? We can help you learn first hand what goes into creating an Indigenous Engagement Plan.

This training provides the nuts and bolts on how to create your own Indigenous Engagement plan. It's delivered by subject matter expert, Claire Marshall, who will guide you through the whole process. She'll answer questions, provide suggestions, and facilitate dialogue, with the help of a workbook, as she walks you through the process that she uses to outline her Indigenous engagement plans.

Participants are asked to bring a copy of a plan they are currently working on or be prepared to start developing one for their project or initiative.  


Our Creating an Indigenous Engagement Plan training is a BC Law Society accredited educational activity.

For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.


If you are thinking of taking this training for yourself, we have a half-day version as part of our Training Weeks

Purpose of the training:

  • Provide information to help participants to build an engagement plan to support their engagement and consultation efforts
  • Set participants up to lead the engagement planning efforts for their teams
  • Share experiences and learn from others
  • Create a working outline for your engagement plan

Who should attend this training:

  • Those just starting out to those who have been working with Indigenous people or communities for years
  • Government representatives
  • Business representatives from the retail, industrial, and financial sectors
  • Senior executives, managers, and board members
  • Line managers, project managers, and project team members
  • Communications and community relations staff
  • Properties and lands staff and policy makers

At this training you will:

  • Learn the essential steps to develop an Indigenous engagement plan
  • Determine the purpose and objectives of the engagement plan based on your specific project or initiative
  • Create community profiles to gain a preliminary understanding of the communities’ interests
  • Learn to assess the level of engagement for each Aboriginal/Indigenous group
  • Learn to identify appropriate people to start the engagement process with
  • Review various methods to conduct consultation activities
  • Prepare for dealing with common issues that may be barriers to achieving meaningful engagement, like capacity building
  • Receive a copy of a workbook to guide you through the process



9:00am to 12:00pm

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Essential Steps required to develop an engagement plan
  • Defining the purpose and objectives of your plan
  • Create community profiles
  • How to assess the level of engagement
  • Identify who we should be engaging with
  • Review methods to conduct consultation activities
  • Wrap up and evaluations

Claire Marshall:

Claire has 25 years of experience specializing in Aboriginal engagement and community development. She has over fifteen years of experience working in the natural resources sector including for BC Hydro, BC Transmission Corporation, TransCanada Pipelines, Teck Resources and the First Nation Energy and Mining Council. Her experience in the energy and mining sectors has been focused on meaningful First Nation consultation, Aboriginal procurement strategies, capacity development and relationship building activities for First Nations and corporations.

With respect to community development, Claire has extensive experience working for Aboriginal organizations in such areas as employment and training, children and families, housing and urban Aboriginal governance. Her community experience combined with her work in the corporate sector gives her a unique and rounded perspective that strengthens her ability to bring diverse parties to a common understanding.