Aboriginal / First Nations


DPRA has worked on every aspect of First Nations development and progress, including community economic development, negotiation, and organizational development.

We are very familiar with the unique circumstances and issues of interest throughout the remote and northern regions of the country, having carried out project assignments in numerous communities in remote areas across Canada, including Nunavut, Yukon and virtually every community in the Northwest Territories.

Our staff is sensitive to the needs and concerns of Aboriginal peoples as they relate to health, social, economic, recreational, political and environmental issues. A thorough understanding of these issues has been achieved by working closely with Leadership, Chiefs and Councils, staff and communities as a whole to ensure that all have an opportunity to provide input into study processes and voice their concerns and perceptions.


Over the past 40 years, DPRA has worked closely with over 100 different First Nations and Aboriginal organizations providing a range of consulting services, including: facilitation, health research, community planning, economic development, feasibility studies, environmental assessment, and self-government advice/research.

Our clients include: Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Six Nations, Tungasuvingat Inuit, Grassy Narrows, Moose Factory, Garden River, Serpent River, Mushkegowuk Council, Saulteaux First Nation,Union of New Brunswick Indians, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), and Makivik Corporation.

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Our goal is to support First Nations as they strengthen their communities and organizations. Our approach is to respect community needs and values, be creative, and consider the long-term.

  • We support and respond to a community’s vision, values and needs when we design our projects – we work collaboratively.
  • We try to make training part of every project so that knowledge stays in the community, work continues, and communities and organizations get stronger in the long term.
  • We develop creative ways to involve community members in community projects.

To learn more, download the DPRA Aboriginal Consultation Profile.