• Providing solutions-oriented social science research



    Dialectic provides clients with timely and critical information to make informed decisions

    Dialectic Research Services, Inc. is a Vancouver-based consulting company offering services in human environment impact assessments, engagement, and evaluation services in extractive industries.

    Social Impact Assessments

    Conduct economic, social, cultural, and land use baseline data collection using methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, and database searches.

    Assess social, economic, cultural, and land use effects of proposed developments on Aboriginal groups, local communities, and stakeholders.

    Develop effective and locally relevant social, economic, and cultural mitigation, monitoring, and management programs.

    Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies

    Conduct Traditional Knowledge and Use studies using interview and mapping methods (including innovative options on the iPad).

    Conduct reconnaissance and ground-truthing field work to identify and confirm locations of traditional use and cultural importance.

    Integrate Traditional Knowledge into multi-disciplinary documentation.

    Consultation and Engagement


    • Organize and facilitate consultation and engagement activities, such as open houses and workshops, to identify and resolve issues related to development.
    • Attend and present at regulatory meetings and technical working groups.


    Other Studies


    • Conduct creative and innovative programming at operating mines, such as community-based monitoring of natural resources.
    • Conduct transportation effects assessments for industrial truck and ship traffic along provincial highways and marine passages.


    Capacity Building


    • Conduct reviews of social, economic, and cultural aspects of environmental assessments on behalf of Aboriginal groups.
    • Provide training and capacity building to local communities and Aboriginal groups on social science research skills and environmental assessment process.


    Management Services


    • Develop and maintain consistent and clear communications records.
    • Write concise and effective reports and documents to fulfill corporate and community objectives and regulatory requirements. 
    • Coordinate with GIS specialists to develop culturally appropriate and relevant mapping that protects confidential/sensitive spatial data.
    • Employ clear and culturally sensitive communication skills and styles.
    • Provide regular budget and task tracking and management.


    Training and Certification

    Protection of Human Research Subjects (University of Nebraska)

    Technical Business Writing (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists)

    First Aid (Canadian Red Cross)

    Helicopter Safety (Rescan Environmental Services)

    Bear Aware (Rescan Environmental Services)

    Communications T racking (BC Hydro)

    Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Training


    Grassy Mountain Project

    Crowsnest Pass, Alberta


    Coordinating Traditional Knowledge and Use Programs via Merjent, Inc. for a coal mine project proposed by Riversdale Resources Ltd with Piikani Nation and Blood Tribe.


    Coastal GasLink Project & Pacific Northern Gas Looping Project

    Burns Lake, British Columbia


    Conducting the Traditional Knowledge and Use Program for two pipeline projects traversing Ts'il Kaz Koh territory on behalf of the Burns Lake Band.  


    Kitsault Mine Project

    New Aiyansh, British Columbia


    Incorporating Traditional Knowledge information into Part C - First Nation Information Section of the Environmental Assessment Application.  Collaborating with regulators and Nisga'a Nation to develop the Social Management Plan.  Collaborating with regulators and Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs on the Transportation Effects Assessment.  Conducting the Multiple Accounts Analysis as part of Schedule 2 Amendment requirements to fulfill the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations.  



    Kutcho Project

    Dease Lake, British Columbia


    Conducting the Socio-cultural and Land Use Effects Assessments in close collaboration with the Tahltan Nation and Kaska Dena Nation.  Organizing and facilitating consultation activities, including open houses, meetings, responses to comments and information requests, compiling communication records, and writing the summary of consultation activities in the Environmental Assessment Application.  Coordinating with Tahltan Nation and Kaska Dena Nation to incorporate Traditional Knowledge in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner with multi-disciplinary team of scientists.


    Northwest Transmission Line Project

    Terrace, BC

    Conducting or coordinating Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies along a 355 km transmission line corridor with Nisga’a Nation,

    Kitsumkalum Nation, Kitselas First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs, Gitxsan Treaty Office, Skii km Lax Ha Nation, and Tahlan Nation.  Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into biophysical discipline reporting requirements. 


    Diavik Diamond Mine

    Lac de Gras, Northwest Territories


    Planning, conducting, and reporting on community-based aquatic effects monitoring program (including fish and water quality) with Natasha Thorpe (Trailmark) at an operating diamond mine with Inuit residents of Kugluktuk and members of Tlicho First Nation, Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Lutsel K’e First Nation, and North Slave Métis Alliance.


    Izok Corridor Project

    Kugluktuk, Nunavut


    Conducting Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Knowledge) and Land Use Program with Natasha Thorpe (Trailmark) for proposed nickel mine with Inuit Elders and harvesters across the Northwest Passage, including Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Taloyoak, Arctic Bay, and Resolute Bay.  The program consisted of a series of three workshops and more than a dozen mapping interviews.  Managing and reporting on several hundred IQ/LU sites covering a range of terrestrial and marine issues and themes within the context of global climate change.


    Springpole Gold Access Corridor Project

    Red Lake, Ontario


    Conducting Traditional Knowledge and Use Program via Arrowblade Consulting for Wabauskang First Nation to document use in and around the proposed Springpole Gold Access Corridor Project.


    Jansen Project

    Jansen, Saskatchewan

    Planning and conducting Traditional Knowledge and Use Program for proposed potash mine near Jansen with George Gordon First Nation, Muskowgan First Nation, Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Kawacatoose First Nation, and Day Star First Nation.


    Casino Project

    Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territories


    Planning and conducting Traditional Knowledge and Use Program and Socio-cultural Effects Assessment for proposed copper mine near Pelly Crossing with Selkirk First Nation.


    Eagle Gold Project

    Mayo, Yukon Territories


    Coordinating multi-disciplinary team to review and provide responses to the Eagle Gold Project on behalf of Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation.



    Kai Scott, M.A.

    Social Scientist & Engagement Specialist


    Kai Scott is a senior social scientist educated in the field of International Development with 10 years experience providing human environment expertise on numerous projects in extractive industries.  His experience working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Yukon and Northwest Territories, and Nunavut gives him a wide-range of knowledge on issues, interests, concerns, and rights arising within regulatory processes. Kai also has extensive experience collecting and compiling Aboriginal Knowledge data and assisting biophysical teams to incorporate this knowledge into their scoping, analyses, and assessments.



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    Dialectic works with other firms to deliver meaningful and holistic services

    Arbutus Consulting


    Vancouver, BC


    Arbutus Consulting is a recognized company specializing in Community/Aboriginal Relations, CSR/Sustainable Development and Community Economic Development. Laureen Whyte has successfully guided numerous initiatives involving diverse stakeholders for major corporations, small and medium businesses, non-profits and First Nations.


    Trailmark Systems, Inc.

    Vancouver, BC


    An integrative research toolkit for gathering and analyzing land-use data, accessible at any time through a secure, simple web interface.


    Arrowblade Consulting Services

    Leduc, AB


    Consulting services related to environmental monitoring and project review, project management and regulatory application review, negotiations and land management team development


    BigSky Consulting

    Vancouver, BC


    Big Sky works with government, aboriginal communities, and industry principally in aboriginal engagement and consultation, and socio-economic and aboriginal interests impact assessment, always striving to achieve the best outcomes for its clients and partners. In addition, Big Sky, through a network of close associates and colleagues, offers a one-stop shop for other services related to aboriginal affairs research and communications and social and cultural impact assessment, including traditional land use and knowledge research.