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North Slave Métis Alliance Cultural Knowledge on Climate and Environmental Change in the Northwest Territories

Natural Resources Canada | Published March 30, 2016
North Slave Metis Alliance


1. Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)

An ACAN is a public notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier.

2. Definition of Requirements

The project deliverable (March 31st, 2016) will be a report detailing information on past climate and environmental change in the North West Territories (NWT) extracted from one or more publicly available historical sources that are relevant to the North Slave Metis Alliance (NSMA) community by one or more NSMA community members.

The contractor is to collect, interpret, and synthesize traditional knowledge on land-use, environmental, and climate change in the Northwest Territories specific to the experiences of the North Slave Metis.

This contractor may use a variety of data collection methods including interviews with community members that have had direct experience with land-use, environmental, and climate change in their cultural lands. These community members may include elders, youth, and other land-users. The contractor may also use materials such as published and non-published journals, photographs, and other materials, to direct conversation with community members and collect traditional information.

3. Criteria for Assessment of the Statement of Capabilities

Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements:

  1. The supplier must have direct and specific experience working and

    communicating with the North Slave Metis. This experience must be at least 1 year and involve the following: working with North Slave Metis Alliance community members to discuss, extract, and interpret their traditional knowledge. This working experience could include, for example, holding workshops of North Slave Metis Alliance community members and facilitating round-table discussions and documenting their communicated (orally, written) traditional accounts, extraction and interpretation of knowledge from publically available and/or private journals that are relevant to the traditional land-use of the North Slave Metis Alliance, and/or, use of other materials (e.g., photos, news articles) to facilitate discussions among community members and documenting their communications relevant to their traditions.

  2. The supplier must be authorized by the North Slave Metis Alliance, to

    collect information from the community.

4. Trade Agreements

This procurement is subject to the Tlicho Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement.

5. Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier

The supplier mentioned in section 10 below is the only known supplier that meets the mandatory criteria set out in section 3 above.

The Contractor is the First Nation community organization: The North Slave Metis Alliance. This First Nation organization is best suited to complete the contract through direct and specific experience with the North Slave Metis traditional knowledge collection and interpretation.

The North Slave Métis Alliance was endorsed by the Métis Nation of the Northwest Territories (MNNWT) as the North Slave Métis regional land claim organisation before the MNNWT was disbanded. The alliance represents Metis in Yellowknife, Rae-Edzo, Wha Ti, Gameti (Rae Lakes), Wekweti (Snare Lake), Dettah and Ndilo. The members of the NSMA hold Aboriginal rights over their traditional lands.

Should Canada receive a statement of capabilities from a supplier that contains sufficient information to indicate that it meets the requirements set forth in this ACAN, a competitive process will be triggered with a technical and financial evaluation methodology of the bids proposed by the potential bidders

6. Exception to the Government Contracts Regulations and applicable trade agreements

The following exception(s) to the Government Contracts Regulations is (are) invoked for this procurement under subsection 6(d) – “only one person is capable of performing the work”.

The identified provider, The North Slave Métis Alliance, is the only one able to meet all of the criteria identified in paragraph 3 above.

7. Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons


8. Title to Intellectual property

Ownership of any Foreground Intellectual Property arising out of the proposed contract will vest in the Contractor

9. Contract Period

The contract period will be from Contract Award date to March 31, 2016

10. Estimated Cost

The estimated maximum value of the contract is $36,435.00 CAD (GST inclusive).

11. Name and Address of the Proposed Contractor

North Slave Métis Alliance

PO Box 2301

Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7

12. Suppliers’ right to submit a statement of capabilities

“Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a Statement of Capabilities in writing, preferably by e-mail, to the contact person identified in this Notice on or before the closing date and time of this Notice. The Statement of Capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.”

13. Closing Date

The closing date for a submission of a Statement of Capabilities is March 15, 2016 at 14:00 Pacific Standard Time.

14. Contract Authority

Gerald Baran

Senior Procurement Officer

506 West Burnside Road

Victoria, BC

V8Z 1M5

Telephone: 250-298-2502


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