Eagle Eye Digest: Massive Alberta land claim, federal call for Indigenous Guardians and more

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Read on for updates on Indigenous funding programs, precedent setting impact benefit and resource management agreements, and stories of prosperity, jurisdiction and stewardship in action.

 

Indigenous Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction: The path to resource certainty goes through Indigenous consent
The idea of granting Indigenous communities the power of consent over resource development is a solution, not a problem, argues lawyer Cynthia Callison. “Industry should be out there seeking that consent long before they invest millions of dollars in an environmental process, when it turns out an environmental assessment certificate isn’t going to give them social licence or Indigenous licence.”
 
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Jurisdiction: Canada's largest First Nation seeks massive land claim
The Blood Tribe First Nation is asserting in Federal Court that its reserve should have spread into Cardston and Waterton Lakes National Park. If the First Nation wins the fight, it could be in line for compensation of losses dating back to western Canada's earliest days.
 
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Indigenous Stewardship

Stewardship: Anishinaabe territory straddling Manitoba and Ontario named Canada's first mixed UNESCO World Heritage site

A vast region of boreal forest straddling the Manitoba and Ontario border has been named the first mixed cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site in Canada, a tribute to the area’s exceptional biological diversity as well as to the enduring presence of Indigenous people there. Pimachiowin Aki, which means “the Land That Gives Life” in Anishinaabemowin, covers 29,040 square kilometres (almost the size of Vancouver Island) of mostly untouched wilderness and is home to one of the largest herds of caribou south of Hudson Bay, as well as many other species of mammals, birds, insects and fish.

 

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Stewardship: Federal report calls for reforms and new funding for nature protection and Indigenous Guardians

Canada needs to get its act together and pony up big bucks for wildland conservation if it’s going to reach its international commitments, says a federally commissioned report. The report also sees a strong role for First Nation and Inuit co-management of national parks and conservation areas as many of the areas that would be protected include traditional or treaty lands. Indigenous Guardians programs, already in place in national parks such as Gwaii Haanas in British Columbia, will be expanded. The Report of the National Advisory Panel is available on the Conservation 2020 website in the "resources" section.

 

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Stewardship: Mooseskin boat on historic journey through the Dehcho

It's called the Nahanni River of Forgiveness project and, according to Dehcho elders, it marks the first time in more than 100 years that a mooseskin boat has been paddled down the river. The 40-foot boat was crafted from young spruce, willow sticks, moosehide and sinew, all by hand, by Indigenous elders, leaders and youth at a camp in Nahanni National Park called Bunny Bar.

 

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Stewardship: Massive Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Proposed in Alberta

 

NOVA Gas Transmission Limited (NGTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans Canada, has filed a project description for the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the National Energy Board, are reviewing the project description prior to formally commencing an environmental assessment and a regulatory hearing.

 

We recently profiled this project in an article titled "Nine Reasons Indigenous Guardians Always Get In On Regulatory Projects".  The project would see approximately 350 kilometres of new 48 inch pipeline in in northwestern Alberta, plus three large 30 to 40 megawatt compressor stations in west-central Alberta. The project objective is to transport gas from areas of increasing natural gas production in the Peace River Project Area (PRPA) to intra-Alberta and export markets. The "Preliminary List of Potentially Affected Aboriginal Groups" includes First Nations from Treaty 4, Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8, five non-treaty First Nations, and ten Métis Organizations, Settlements, and Locals (see map below). Participant funding is available to facilitate the participation in this public hearing - find out more about participating in a regulatory process like this, and contact us for more information.

 

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We have deep context and experience behind the recommendations we provide, having worked for our clients on almost every major project in Canada over the last 10 years. For us, it’s all about building long-term relationships with our clients. We want to get to know you and what you want to do so we can help you move your plans forward. 

 

 

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