The IBA Community Toolkit is a free resource for First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada considering impact and benefit agreements, such as those with mining companies. While the toolkit focuses on the mining industry, many of the issues and processes addressed in the toolkit are relevant to agreement making in other industry sectors and contexts, including protected areas, oil and gas, hydro and forestry. Our goal is to help communities, negotiators, and consultants to achieve positive agreements for Aboriginal communities.
The toolkit can be downloaded free of charge below. First Nation communities in Canada can also REQUEST A PRINTED COPY.
This toolkit was commissioned by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, and prepared by Ginger Gibson (Canada) and Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh (Australia).
DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT BY SECTION
- FRONT COVER (0.5 MB)
- SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION (5.7 MB)
Making the decision to negotiate, a focus on process as well as outcome, and the importance of forming networks. Also, about the toolkit development process and how to use it.
- SECTION 2: ANALYZING THE PROJECT
AND THE WIDER ENVIRONMENT (10.6 MB)
Understanding the mine life cycle, the legal context (in Canada and internationally), and legal and policy levers for IBAs. Environmental assessments and how to time them with IBAs. Finally, the wider implications of agreement making, and the importance of unity among and between communities.
- SECTION 3: PREPARING FOR NEGOTIATIONS (11.1 MB)
Establishing a structure: roles, team members, and experts. Developing a plan for information management, precursor agreements, budgets, and conducting research on the company and commodity. Establishing baseline conditions and conducting impact assessments. Developing a communications strategy, and assessing and improving the bargaining position.
- SECTION 4: CONDUCTING NEGOTIATIONS AND REACHING AGREEMENTS (10.6 MB)
Understanding negotiation processes and procedures, and identifying options. Legal provisions and substantive provisions, from mining payments ("royalities") to employment, to union relationships, business development and accessing/acquiring faciltiies. Also environmental management, culture and heritage, harvester compensation and social measures. Finally, ensuring that agreements reflect community goals, returning to the table, and signing and launching the agreement.
- SECTION 5: IMPLEMENTING AGREEMENTS AND MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS (3.2 MB)
Understanding internal and external factors for success, and dealing with challenges. Using the agreement to build relationships. Building trust and tackling barriers.
* Note REFERENCES, RESOURCES, INDEX AND GLOSSARY are included in SECTION 5.