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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