We all have a responsibility to ensure that our actions will not have an adverse impact on the surrounding air, water, or land.
We all share this planet, which means we all have a responsibility to ensure that we do not have an adverse impact on the surrounding air, water, or land.
Our scientists are professionally credentialed and trained to use universally accepted western sciences. However, we also have a unique ability to integrate Indigenous Knowledge systems into our work, which is essential when working on conserving Indigenous values to lands.
Our services in the area of Indigenous environmental services includes:
Environmental Assessments denote actions that may be necessary to prevent or mitigate adverse effects. The process entails an examination of the impacts of a proposal on the natural, social, cultural, and economic aspects of a community or landscape. 4 Directions staff specialize in the identification and collection of relevant information, which will form the basis for technically sound, community-based solutions.
Our environmental technical services are used to ensure that any activities will not have an adverse impact on the surrounding air, water, or land. At 4 Directions, our ecologists will support your community when environmental concerns arise in a professional and timely manner.
Environmental Policies can and often do change. At 4 Directions, we work to keep our clients updated and informed on the environmental planning process and its relationship with land use policy. We believe that careful environmental planning ensures that project processes balances social, environmental, and economic impacts and needs. To do so, we use an ecosystems approach that focuses on long-term sustainability through managing land, water and resources together. Our Environmental planning processes also include biodiversity conservation planning, species at risk conservation and recovery planning, as well as watershed and regional zone planning. 4 Directions can assist projects with mitigation and habitat management plans, as well as outline recommendations for compensation habitat and/or guide it through the permitting process under the Endangered Species Act.
4 Directions provide certified training the areas of culturally relevant and practical skill capacity building by combining both traditional and scientific knowledge. 4 Directions also specializes in training relating to engagement with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and groups, help projects to better incorporation of Indigenous perspectives even during their initial development. Our staff are First Nation members who foster safe learning environments focused on relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peers, colleagues and clients.
In Canada, there is a clear duty to consult with First Nations. The duty to consult and accommodate arises when the Crown contemplates actions or decisions that may affect an Aboriginal person's Aboriginal or Treaty rights.
We can assist clients in determining:
◘ how to assess consultation requirements;
◘ how to assess the scope of consultation and extent of accommodation required;
◘ key elements of meaningful consultation processes;
◘ accommodation options, measures and approaches;
◘ how to assess adequacy of consultations;
◘ technical environmental assessments required to satisfy the Duty to Consult and Accommodate requirements. .
Our services in the area of Indigenous consultation and accommodation include:
4 Directions specializes in engagement with Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and groups. The engagement process results in decisions that incorporate Indigenous perspectives. Successful engagement begins early in the project process through effective communication based on relationship building. 4 Directions offers many services that assist with effective indigenous engagement, including Indigenous Engagement Plans and Training.
Our team’s training and experience in Indigenous engagements and formal consultation process mean we can custom build services for a wide variety of projects to undertake meaningful and serious Indigenous engagement.
We have extensive experience in the development of Indigenous engagement strategies. We also have significant expertise when it comes to planning and conducting Indigenous engagement activities. We focus on meaningful consultation and engagement processes and strive to create safe, collaborative environments to learn and share. Fostering productive, respectful, and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is a goal that underlines all our work.
Our services include:
Our company is located within the Williams Treaty territory. We have direct, personal experience with affirming treaty rights, which has allowed us to form a stronger evaluation framework for projects affecting Indigenous lands.
Our services include:
We map how communities use land and water for hunting, trapping, fishing, plant gathering, camping, and many other important activities, as well as assess potential impacts on these activities from outside developments to help Indigenous communities assert their rights and interests in negotiations with industry and governments or in regulatory and environmental assessment processes.
Our services in this area include:
Climate change has far-reaching impacts on First Nations and other communities. It impacts not only the environment, but also our ecosystems, infrastructure, and the economy.
The impacts of climate change are being observed by First Nations across Canada including:
◘ Changes in the wetland areas, water levels (shoreline erosion and more weeds), and the aquatic environment and species such as fish
◘ Changes in tree growth and development
◘ Changes in the animal population
◘ Changes in the seasons and other weather-related phenomena
Our team are leaders in First Nation climate change work .
Our services in this area include:
your community’s needs change, we can help you plan for better change.
In particular, we can help you with:
We specialize in creative project definition. We find a way to develop and design projects to get the outcome you desire. We provide creative solutions founded in both western science and Traditional Knowledge Systems. If you are not sure where to start and just want to talk it through with someone, we are a great first call. No obligations, just direction and information to ensure that a project is designed with the best resources and the best project plan in place.