Shared Decision Making

thumb imgShared Decision Making means different things to different persons. For us Shared Decision Making provides a bridge for joint policy development and co-management over natural resource responsibilities. A major component of our Mission at Brian Olding & Associates Ltd. is to work effectively with First Nations and partner governments to establish a mutually desired strategic direction over the management of natural resources. We have the experience and expertise to bridge across this complex jurisdictional environment.

Brian Olding M.Env.Des., co-authored the Hul'qumi'num publication, "A Call to Action" . We drew upon the strengths of the Hul'qumi'num Elders and Community members as well as many First Nations across British Columbia, Canada and beyond, who had gone before us when designing a jurisdictional model for Shared decision Making of natural resources across traditional territories. Our model has been widely disseminated throughout the federal, provincial and First Nation communities.

Comanagement will require a tremendous growth in expertise at the local level, and if there is one resource that First Nations have in abundance, it is the youth within their communities that will be taking on the resource management responsibilities as the community capacity evolves. We view the future of first nation as particularly promising in so far as they are priviledged with a traditional inheritance that grounds their academic training and professional performance.

First Nation management will be critical to integrating a pre-industrial environmental baseline in order to address the complex challenges of Cumulative Environmental Impacts, climate change and doing our best to balance resource development in a sustainable manner. 

First Nations Negotiation Experience

BOA Ltd. was selected by the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group to prepare chapters and provide table negotiation support and strategy for chapters on Environmental Assessment, Sub-surface management, Environmental Protection, Water Resource Management, and, Shared Decision Making. We spent five years working with Hul'qumi'num community working groups, from whom the ground-up mandates were conveyed to me by community knowledge holders, Elders and Chiefs. Brian Olding directly assisted at the tripartite table negotiations for assigned chapters. 

Federal Negotiation Experience

Brian Olding M.Env.Des., worked with the Federal Government on environmental and water mandate development, Chaired the Treaty Negotiation Advisory Committee, carried out evaluations of first nation regional resource management and managed the BC Capacity Initiative, components of Treaty Related Measures and the Canada-BC Information Sharing Agreement, for which his Team won the first Federal Treaty Office Outstanding Achievement and Award of Excellence.

Contact Brian Olding & Associates Ltd.


Telephone:   604.531.7132

Mobile:         604.790.1948

Thank you for your visit. If you have an issue or concern that you would like to discuss with Brian Olding, please email or call me directly. We are experienced in working with Chiefs, Elders, Staff, Cabinet Ministers, Corporate Officers and Professional Colleagues from all aspects of Environmental Science.

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