On May 16, 2013, the Alberta government and the Métis
Settlements General Counsel agreed to amendments to the existing
co-management agreement between such parties, which will provide
Métis settlements within the province of Alberta with
increased benefits from oil and gas development on Métis
The original co-management agreement, which established rules
for oil and gas development under Métis settlement lands, is
a part of the Métis settlement accord signed in 1990. While
the province of Alberta maintains ownership of mines and minerals,
the original co-management agreement included provisions which
permit the Métis settlements to negotiate an equity
participation of up to 25 per cent in any oil and gas development
occurring on such settlement lands. With passage of the amendments
on May 16, 2013, this 25 per cent cap has now been removed. In
addition, the new provisions provide that the Métis
settlements now have the authority to require the highest three
bidding companies to submit proposals in areas such as local
employment, training or infrastructure improvements (the
“Benefits Proposals”). The Benefits Proposals will then
be submitted to the applicable Métis settlement counsel as
part of a final selection process for energy projects occuring on
thier settlement lands.
Alberta has eight Métis settlements in northern Alberta
representing a land area of just over a half million hectares.
According to the new provisions, the first mineral rights under
Métis settlement lands will be made available for bidding at
the June 3, 2013 bi-weekly provincial land sale.
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