SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

Ecora has had the honor of working with 40+ First Nation communities and is affiliated or partnered with several Indigenous groups and businesses throughout British Columbia. We work closely with each community we partner with to ensure that all values are heard, understood and incorporated into our work.

Through our First Nation joint ventures, we have gained an exceptional perspective into the traditional values, culture and traditions that make First Nation communities excellent business partners, and even better friends. We have worked closely with First Nation communities with and without a respective joint venture contract as well, due to our transparent and honest approach to all aspects of work. Some of these communities are Halfway River First Nation, Yekooche First Nation, Shackan Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, and Osoyoos Indian Band.

Although these communities differ greatly in location throughout the province, we are still able to foster a long-lasting relationship with them. As stated by Chief Darlene Hunter of the Halfway River First Nation, “The relationship that we have with Ecora goes beyond business. It’s a long-lasting friendship based on trust and respect.”

JOINT VENTURES:

• Halfway River First Nation (HRFN) which included environmental services for BC Hydro.
(We have also worked on a number of projects with HRFN through unofficial partnership.)

• Cheam First Nation called Ayelstexw Consulting Services.

• LLP with Osoyoos Indian Band called Inera Consulting Services.

• LLP with Shackan Indian Band called Zuminstn Environmental Services.

• MSA with Sea Bird Island First Nation.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Halfway River First Nation, Shackan Indian Band, Prophet River First Nation:

• Created a web-based Land and Resource Management tool that brings together Traditional knowledge and Western science into a central database that allows the community to consolidate their information for a more educated and justified decision-making process.

Yekooche First Nation:

• Terrestrial and aquatic habitat assessments and studies, surveying, and monitoring
• Support for fisheries related initiatives as part of Treaty Related Measures
• Species-at-risk surveys
• Forest inventories
• Permitting services

Cheam First Nation:

• Information synthesis and technical review
• Meetings with chief, council, and community
• Participation in technical meetings
• Terrestrial and aquatic surveys
• Rare and endangered species and ecosystem surveys
• Traditional plant surveys
• Cultural features identification
• Sites near or within Traditional Land Use areas
• Terrain stability assessments
• Soil assessment
• Construction monitoring
• Completing and/or reviewing permit applications
• Conducting environmental audits and reports
• Conducting post construction surveys to assess a variety of vegetation related components including re-vegetation success and the effectiveness of vegetation management plans

Halfway River First Nation

• Liaising between the technical working group, the BC Environmental Assessment Office, and HRFN’s Chief and Council
• Reviewing the application and supporting documents from an environmental science perspective
• Reviewing environmental assessment documents for comprehensiveness, scientific defensibility, as well as cultural, environmental, social and economic feasibility
• Participating in BCEAO working group meetings
• Recommending mitigation strategies or alternatives on behalf of HRFN to eliminate potential negative environmental impacts from the proposed development and activities
• Presenting findings to HRFN through a formal report
• Stakeholder application and referral review and comment
• Liaison for Indigenous services Canada
• Representative for multiple working groups including but not limited to: BC Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment, Fort St John Land and Resource Management Plan and Site C  

Szumin’ts:

Szumin’ts is a partnership between Tsal’alh Development Corporation (TDC) and Ecora offering a suite of professional services. One of the main goals of the partnership is to enhance capacity, complement the skillset of existing St’at’imc businesses, and to work collaboratively with existing St’at’imc business. This relationship is built around trust, transparency, mutual respect, consistent values, capability and capacity building and win-win. Through this partnership, we provide: 

• Environmental Services
• Archaeology
• Geohazard evaluation and mitigation
• Geotechnical Engineering
• Materials Testing
• GIS, Geo-Spatial and Data Management
• Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
• Civil Engineering
• Hydrotechnical
• Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
• Structural Engineering
• Forestry

COLLABORATION EXAMPLES:

• Coastal Gas Link: Environmental assessment technical review

• Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project: Environmental assessment technical review

• Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Line: Environmental assessment technical review

• Geotechnical consulting support for the Spectra Energy Transmission, Compressor Station CS-9 upgrade

• Shoreline and riparian restoration project at the Cheam Fishing Village

• Investigations on gravel pit for use on potential Green Relief building

• Assessment of traditionalPPlants Cheam First Nation gravel pit

• Water treatment facility feasibility studies and reviews

• Liaison for Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

  1. Fort Nelson First Nation
  2. Kwadacha First Nation
  3. Tsay Keh Dene Nation
  4. Halfway River First Nation
  5. Saulteau First Nation
  6. Nisga’a Lisims Government
  7. Kispiox First Nation
  8. McLeod Lake Indian Band
  9. Lax Kw’alaams First Nation
  10. Yekooche First Nation
  11. Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
  12. Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nations
  13. Williams Lake Indian Band
  14. Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
  15. Esketemc First Nation (Alkali Lake)
  16. Canoe Creek First Nation
  17. Canim Lake Indian Band
  18. Simpcw First Nation
  1. Xaxli’p First Nation
  2. Bonaparte Indian Band
  3. Skeetchestn Indian Band
  4. Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (Kamloops) Indian Band
  5. Adams Lake Indian band
  6. Neskonlith Indian Band
  7. Splatsin Indian Band
  8. Cook’s Ferry Indian Band
  9. Westbank First Nation
  10. Yale First Nation
  11. Penticton Indian Band
  12. Katzie First Nation
  13. Kwantlen First Nation
  14. Cheam First Nation
  15. Osoyoos Indian Band
  16. Nooaltch Indian Band
  17. Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc (SSN)

Inera

Osoyoos Indian Band JV

Zuminstn 

Shackan Indian Band

 

Ayelstexw

Cheam First Nation JV

 

Sqewqel

Sea Bird Island First Nation JV

 

Szumin’ts

Tsal’alh Development Corp. JV

 

West Bank First Nation

 

 

Halfway River First Nation

 

 

Penticton Indian Band

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kelsey McLeod

Indigenous Communities Sector Lead
Phone: 250.469.9757 x1043
Cell: 250.261.0605
Kelsey.McLeod@ecora.ca

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