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									Craig Candler, Golder Associates
Making a Difference: Building Quality in a New Era of Cultural
Impact Assessment and Traditional Use Studies
      These are exciting times for cultural impact assessment and communities,
      companies, regulators and professionals are all in it together. This
      presentation will be an interactive session looking at the promise and
      possible pitfalls of cultural impact assessment and traditional use studies
      in what seems to be a new era in Canada.
      With focus on practical case studies of recent work, and reflection on
      recent court rulings and policy developments in BC and elsewhere, the
      goal of this session will be to look at the possible futures of cultural impact
      assessment in a world where the issues being raised by communities make
      or break big projects.
            Why is CIA such a big deal now?
            What role should quality CIA play in improving developments and
             making a difference for communities?
            How can communities and companies work together to find timely
             and effective solutions?
            What happens when they don't?
            What is the role of a cultural impact assessment professional in the
             process?
            How can baseline studies and assessments be done in ways that are
             neutral and that also reflect community values?
            How can both the tangible and intangible aspects of cultural
             impacts be assessed and mitigated?
            How can quality studies be supported without developing a new
             layer of bureaucracy?
      Part crystal ball gazing, and part reflection on past experience, I will be
      looking to the experience in the room, as well as my own work, to suggest
      some answers to these questions


      About Craig Candler


      Craig Candler is a Senior Traditional Studies and First Nations
      Consultation Specialist with Golder Associates based out of Victoria, BC.
      Craig’s expertise is in working with communities to understand and
communicate likely effects of development and change upon community
concerns, and in finding solutions to minimize local impacts and
maximize local benefits. Craig brings technical expertise in social science
research, analysis and support services to First Nations, government, and
private sector clients in Canada and internationally and has been
designing and facilitating traditional knowledge studies, First Nations
land use mapping, and community-based research, consultation and
information systems for almost fifteen years. He has worked extensively
in the rapidly evolving field of First Nations consultation in BC and
western Canada, and has been involved in cultural impact assessment
work for much of his career.


Craig holds a Masters in Anthropology from the U of A and is
excruciatingly close to holding a PhD from the University of British
Columbia for his work connecting cultural, land use and child
health change in northern Thailand through community oral
histories. Craig has conducted numerous community training workshops
on research methods and taught courses at the Universities of Alberta,
British Columbia, and Aurora College in Inuvik. Specific project
experience includes coordination of both large and small traditional
ecological knowledge (TEK) and traditional use studies (TUS) within
resource management and aboriginal rights frameworks, socio-cultural
impact assessments, and cumulative impact and community health
related research related to forestry, oil and gas, wind power, and mining
sectors. Craig and his family have lived, traveled and worked extensively
in Canada’s north, as well as internationally in Southeast Asia (Thailand,
Laos), Africa (Sierra Leone) and Latin America (Cuba).

								
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