Lyle advises clients on the development and implementation of legislation and policy in areas including land and resource development and control, energy, fisheries, treaty negotiations, historic grievances and implementation of agreements with government and corporations.
Lyle has over 30 years of experience in negotiations on behalf of First Nations, government and corporations. He has directly negotiated hundreds of resource agreements between First Nations, large corporations and government. Lyle spent 10 years as a Chief Negotiator for the Province of British Columbia dealing with treaty negotiations and a further 10 year heading up Aboriginal Relations for BC Hydro.
Engagement and Consultation with First Nations is one of the biggest challenges faced by First Nations, governments (federal, provincial, and local), and the corporate sector (project proponents). Virtually all major resource projects in Canada require governments and corporations to engage with indigenous communities.
Lyle Viereck was born and raised in Prince Rupert in northern BC. His family heritage includes Creek Indians from Oklahoma, American black slaves, Irish and German. As a result of this very diverse background he grew up fighting for equality and against racism, influenced by his family’s work to establish labour unions and credit unions that supported small businesses and local aboriginal people.
Lyle’s professional background includes being the former Director of Aboriginal Relations and Negotiations with BC Hydro from 2005 to 2015. He led his team to achieve gold status in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program (PAR). Lyle led the negotiations and settlement of two significant historic grievances because of impacts to First Nations from the creation of the Williston Reservoir and for the St'at'imc First Nations over several reservoirs and transmission assets.
Prior to coming to BC Hydro Lyle was a Chief Negotiator with the Province of BC, involved in treaty negotiations on Vancouver Island and in northern BC. He oversaw the Province's consultation and accommodation framework and was responsible for the structure and legislation that established the BC Treaty Commission and the negotiations of the cost-sharing arrangements with Canada on treaty settlements.
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