Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) has proven effective in helping parties to foster constructive and trusting relationships and to resolve their differences in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding. This Guide is intended as a primer to introduce First Nations and local governments to the various methods, mechanics and advantages of ADR. This document is not a comprehensive training manual but rather a part of a growing body of resource material for First Nations and local governments to use in developing their relationships and in dealing with disputes.

This guide is intended to assist elected officials, staff or any party working with municipalities, regional districts or First Nations governments in resolving differences without resorting to the courts.

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