Building Relationships with the Community: How to Make it Effective and Appreciated by Citizens?
Speakers: Claude Leblanc (MERN), Michèle Leduc-Lapierre and Graeme Morin (Comité consultatif pour l’environnement de la Baie-James)
Date: November 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
The short course is free of charge, but participants must register for it in advance. Places are limited.
The purpose of this course is to demystify approaches to community relationships, monitoring committees and public engagement plans.
The importance of social acceptability to support a resource development project is well documented. The proponent, who wants to give itself the best chance for its project to be well received by the community, will take into account the factors that can influence this collective judgment. A structured approach to community relationships is the most effective way to achieve this.
Through the life cycle of a fictitious mining project, from claim taking to site remediation, participants will become familiar with the creation of a public engagement and participation plan based on good practice in general public participation, and the monitoring committee in particular. Participants will first benefit from a theoretical learning period of approximately one hour in which the following documents will be presented: Guide des bonnes pratiques sur les comités de suivi et obligations légales des promoteurs pour des projets miniers et d’hydrocarbures produced by the MERN and Pratiques exemplaires pour les promoteurs de projets – Participation et implication du public dans le cadre de projets dans le territoire de la Baie-James produced by the Comité consultatif pour l’environnement de la Baie-James (CCEBJ).
At the end of the course, participants will have identified several practices to help them develop relationships with the community. They will also have set up a monitoring committee within the life cycle of a fictitious project and explored ways to do so. Participants will be more comfortable with these practices and better equipped to engage with confidence.