How were First Nation members engaged in the process?
Over the past decade, the UAC has developed and implemented a community consultation program to ensure First Nation members are informed about and consulted on the developing Agreement. Community Consultation Workers, active in each of the First Nations until the final stages of negotiations, were the primary tool used by the First Nations to fulfill the community consultation program. Community Consultation Workers provided information to First Nation members and sought their input through in-home visits, community meetings both on- and off-reserve, mail outs on the AGA generally as well as on specific topics related to the Agreement, newsletters, advertisements and articles in First Nation newsletters and newspapers. In addition, the UAC has held regular, special and annual General Assemblies which are open to all members and which provide broad-ranging and detailed information on the progress of negotiations and on the developing final Agreement.