A working group set up by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute developed the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Consultations Protocol. The document is a tool to help communities structure themselves in order to deal with the numerous consultation requests from various departments and individuals on their own ground. It also agrees with the First Nations’ will to establish consultations criteria and enforce the rights recognised by several Canada Supreme Court’s decisions with regard to the obligation to consult First Nations and provide the means so consultations be held properly and be coherent with the scope of the issue at the heart of the consultation.
In order to express its position regarding research carried out among First Nations, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) undertook the development of a research protocol so as to offer their communities a reference guide that would enable them to better monitor the various activities and numerous demands related to the research carried out in their territories.
As subject of numerous research projects throughout the years, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador were put under the microscope of a wide variety of academic disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, biology, sociology, history, linguistics, medicine, and other fields of studies that produce an impressive quantity of data, research results and specialized books on several problematic.
The research protocol thus sets forth principles and a process that will enable the scientific community and First Nation communities to work together in a respectful partnership.