Alberta Protocol Objectives • Protocol Agreements provide a framework for collaboration between the Alberta Government and the Blackfoot Confederacy • They establish a formal process for Alberta and the Blackfoot Confederacy to work together on issues of mutual interest and benefit • Ministers and Chiefs meet with one another to review and approve joint proposals and initiatives developed by each Table.
Alberta Protocol – Implementation Plan Focus Areas • Economic Development and Employment • Culture and Language • Social • Environment and Lands • Political and Legal • UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Alberta Protocol – Implementation Plan Priorities Justice and Policing The Government of Alberta, and Public Safety Canada, co-fund Tripartite Policing Agreements with the Blood Tribe, Piikani and Siksika Nations. The current Agreements have been extended to March 31, 2019. • The Political and Legal Table are developing a discussion paper with the aim of achieving the most desirable Blackfoot Confederacy Tripartite Policing Agreements. • The Table will address: o Tripartite Policing policy and legislation o Funding concerns o Staffing and training issues o Collaboration between the Nations Culture and Language The number of fluent Indigenous language speakers in Alberta is rapidly declining, with some languages on the verge of disappearing. Language and culture retention is a Blackfoot Confederacy priority. At the Education Team, Senior Officials have selected these issues: • Identifying current Blackfoot speakers • Researching current curriculum models and materials • Identifying issues that impact the preservation and protection of the Blackfoot language and cultures • Preparing recommendations to preserve and protect Blackfoot cultures and language
Opioid Crisis • Alberta’s opioids crisis continues to be a top priority for the Government of Alberta and the Blackfoot Confederacy. • Although the Blood Tribe is the epicentre of the crisis, significant and harmful impacts are being experienced by all three First Nations resulting in loss of life, family disruption, and significant loss of human potential. • The Blackfoot Confederacy has requested the support of the GOA in dealing with the crisis. • The Health Table will include all agencies in the surrounding area such as the Kainai Treatment Center, Siksika Health Services, Aakom Kiiyii Health (Piikani Nation), Blood Health and other agencies to develop strategies to address the opioid crisis within the Blackfoot Confederacy. • Senior Officials will engage in cross ministry dialogue (Children’s Services, Health, Justice and Solicitor General), to develop an overarching strategy focusing on preventative services, front end services and programs.
Housing and Training • A Senior Official from Seniors and Housing is already working at a Sub-Table with the Blackfoot Confederacy on jurisdictional issues, funding models, training and housing strategies. • Blackfoot Confederacy officials will provide data on homes, and provide economic data to Government of Alberta officials in support of Aboriginal Housing Generating Revenue • For First Nations to be self-governing and self-sufficient, they need to be able to control their own sources of revenue. Revenue generation is being explored by the Chiefs and Ministers in support of Blackfoot autonomy. • Blackfoot Confederacy have recruited a Climate Leadership Coordinator. • Senior Officials will continue to support alternative energy projects. Economic Leakage Study • An economic leakage study examines where a Nation’s dollars are spent and how a Nation should be positioned to best take advantage of retail demand to reverse the trend of funds leaving the Nation. • The Blood Tribe and the Siksika Nation have completed a study examining the allocation of funds by members and administration. • The Blackfoot Confederacy Economic Leakage study is moving forward without delay, with reporting expected within the year. • The members of the sub-table are establishing a scope of work for the Confederacy wide study.