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The Canadian Flag is illuminated by morning light atop the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Parliamentarians return to the House of Commons today following the summer break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Eleven B.C. Indigenous councils have flocked to a cross-country lobby group to properly introduce themselves to Parliamentarians.

The registrations are all quite vague, asking their newly-hired lobbyists to discuss with government officials how to expand small community-led projects to their full capacity. The conversations will include “asking for direction on potential funding opportunities that are available.”

The company in question is North Strategic, which describes itself online as the “fastest growing digital, social media, public relations and influencer agency” mixing mass media coverage with corporate brand strategy for their clients. Based out of Fort St. John, B.C. the small staff of four people specialize in economic development, impact benefits consultation and negotiation, among other things.

The groups that signed on with the company are: Na-cho Nyak Dun Development Corp, Stswecem’c Xgat’te, Dease River First Nation, Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, Tallcree Tribal Government, Halalt First Nation, Neskonlith Indian Band, Tsay Keh Dene First Nation and Williams Lake Indian Band.

All of the bands received government funding last year from the ISC, and others were able to secure more money from multiple government departments. The target departments vary but most include Agriculture Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources, Indigenous Services and the House of Commons. September 17-21 updates

Just like the sitting of Parliament, registrations are back in action – with a record-breaking 67 new registrations last week. Twenty-eight of the registrations are from First Nations communities in British Columbia who all signed three lobbyists from Strategies North Advisory Inc. Other than those registrations, Bayer registered three lobbyists from Counsel Public Affairs and the Canadian Cattleman’s Association registered two in-house board members.

Needless to say Strategies North Advisory Inc won the week with 28 registrations, followed in distant second place by Crestview Strategy with 12. Counsel Public Affairs and Summa Strategies followed with three each. Individually, Crestview’s newest hire Jennifer Babcock had a whopping 11 new registrations. Next are a trio from Strategies North – Austin Glover with 10, Elizabeth Zeunert and James Grant Barley with 9.

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Highlights:

In recent Agriculture/trade registrations:

Montreal-based steel metal manufacturing company 7909055 CANADA INC signed André David of Tactique to get them funding for a new agricultural process they want to commercialize.

Canada Bread registered Julien Nepveu-Villeneuve of TACT Intelligence-Conseil to promote parent company Bimbo Canada and explain the economic impact of the company. The company owns many popular Canadian brands, including Dempster’s and Vachon.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association registered two of board members, David Haywood-Farmer and Bob Lowe, to advocate for the country’s beef industry as negotiations around the Trans Pacific Partnership continue.

Arts/copyright/culture registrations:

Music Canada signed Jennifer Babcock of Crestview to continue planning consultations about copyright review.

Energy/environment/resources registrations: Teck Resources signed Kristin Wilton of Summa Strategies to lobby for exactly what you’d guess of a mining company – environmental and transportation issues and regulations, trade issues and corporate social responsibility. Oh, and access to Crown lands to mine in. Last year the company received just over $700,000 from ISED. Prospectors and Developers Association also signed Summa’s Kristin Wilton to arrange an advocacy day on the Hill and an “update on the state of the industry.” U-Battery Consortium via a contract with URENCO hopes Andrew Richardson of National Public Relations can help them get funding for their tiny little nuclear reactors. […]

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