Communities, First Nations, Industries and Governments are seeking more effective ways to work together on shared interests. Successful project development requires building a foundation based on mutual commitment, transparency and respect, and a recognition that success is directly linked to local community aspirations.
FourComm provides a new approach to community engagement and consultation, one that goes beyond meeting the minimum regulatory requirements.
We represent a strong, experienced team committed to collaboration, who will bring to the table long-standing, positive relationships in BC. FourComm applies strategic techniques deeply rooted in First Nations practices, customs and traditions, while incorporating innovative stakeholder engagement and communication strategies designed specifically for each community. FourComm can help build an enhanced understanding between various interests to develop long-term success.
Guided by principles of respect, collaboration, transparency and integrity, Four Directions Management Services (FDMS) and Communica collectively have over 25 years’ of experience on large scale resource and infrastructure development projects. We have the knowledge and experience to support distinctive stakeholder and Indigenous community engagement, communication and stakeholder information management solutions.
Possess a vast depth of in-the-community field engagement. Our personnel are as comfortable at the boardroom table, providing strategic counsel and support, as they are working side-by-side with the client in a wide range of First Nation and public community settings.
Ability to quickly and seamlessly integrate into project teams, adapting to each company’s unique cultural and operational protocols.
Collectively have over 25 years’ of experience on large scale resource and infrastructure development projects.
Masterful facilitation skill set with First Nations in BC with the ability to create respectful, productive dialogue between First Nations and industry that leads to constructive working relationships and positive changes to project design.
Expert knowledge of regulatory processes and have participated as expert witnesses for Public and Indigenous consultation programs on behalf of industry.
“The Communica team was integral to the regulatory success of our Project. Communica integrated seamlessly into our Project team and provided sound and timely counsel, specifically on public and First Nations consultation thresholds and the development of communication materials. Whether it was taking minutes at a working group meeting, developing key pieces of our application for the BC EAO or planning the logistics and executing a smooth open house, Communica’s behind the scenes support was as essential as their facilitation of face-to-face engagement activities”
DAVE RUSHFORD, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
“Dan George is highly respected in First Nation communities for his knowledge regarding the needs and aspirations of our people. He understands the intricacies of our hereditary governance systems and he knows the complexities facing our elected Chiefs and Councils. We all well know the story of poverty that faces our people. Poverty is far too commonplace and we must change this for the betterment of all British Columbians. I firmly believe that we must collaborate with the Crown, Industry and fellow First Nations if we are to create ‘opportunity space’ for our members – space that will ensure that they become part of the socio-economic fabric of their territories and have the sense of pride that comes with having a meaningful job.”
KAREN OGEN, FORMER CHIEF, WET’SUWET’EN FIRST NATION
“[FDMS] has assisted in the creation of safe and inclusive space for First Nations affected by proposed major resource projects to engage and learn about one another in the areas of effective collaboration, equity financing and conflict transformation. Dan George has facilitated a system of direct learning with elected and hereditary First Nation leaders who are desirous of sharing in the wealth generated on our territories while also ensuring the environment is sustained for current and future generations.”
JOE BEVAN, CHIEF, KITSELAS FIRST NATION