Eagle Eye Digest: Qikiqtani protected area MOU, Ontario budget, UNDRIP incoming, 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: Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Ontario Power Generation reach Interim Agreement on Legacy Issues

When the Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station was built by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), it was operated by Ontario Hydro. Ontario Hydro later split into five companies, one of them being OPG, which generates electricity. The Interim Measures agreement is not about OPG’s proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low-and intermediate-level waste. On the DGR, OPG is required to update its cumulative effects analysis for the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and the analysis must be informed by the result of SON’s own community process on the DGR, a process continuing through 2019.

 

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Jurisdiction: Governments of Canada, Nunavut and Qikiqtani Inuit Association to explore marine protected areas in High Arctic Basin

This week the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association signed an MOU in which they agree to assess the potential protection of areas in the High Arctic Basin or Tuvaijuittuq, while supporting the development of a conservation economy in the region.  “The partnership... will advance the protection of Tuvaijuittuq, and will not only explore the possible preservation of a pristine marine ecosystem for generations to come but also the creation of tangible benefits for Inuit who live in communities such as Grise Fiord in the High Arctic – benefits like conservation related jobs, Inuit led research initiatives, marine infrastructure, and economic opportunities in sustainable industries such as fisheries.” - P.J. Akeeagok, President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

 

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Jurisdiction: UNDRIP, it’s coming eventually – here’s what it means for you

Carol Anne Hilton on the ‘ah ha’ moment: the commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia. Can it be done? And when will it happen elsewhere?

 

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Indigenous Prosperity

Prosperity: On the land STEM program for high school credit expands to northern Indigenous communities

A program that blends land-based learning, traditional knowledge and science and technology for high school credit will be expanding to First Nations in Yukon, N.W.T. and northern Alberta. "It's letting youth in these regions know the local knowledge they inherently have is equally as valuable as a STEM knowledge that they're receiving within the school systems.”

 

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Prosperity: Indigenous Home Innovation Initiative accepts funding applications

To be eligible for funding, ideas must relate to the safety and affordability of Indigenous housing in some way, and they must come from and serve an Indigenous community. The application deadline is August 1, 2019.

 

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Prosperity: What’s in Ontario Budget 2019 for Indigenous governments and Northern Ontario?

We've taken a close look at the 2019 Ontario Budget and reviewed several pundit pronouncements to write our take on what may be important to our Indigenous government clients and Northern Ontario.

 

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Indigenous Stewardship

Stewardship: Indigenous Cultural competency key to managing incoming Wanuskewin Heritage Park bison

With the potential reintroduction of a herd of plains bison to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, the team is looking for a bison manager with the cultural knowledge necessary to ensure the herd is treated with the respect it deserves and the effort first into a broader vision of holistically restoring the land. “It’s not only just about reintroducing bison. It’s about restoring grasslands, it’s about restoring Indigenous stewardship over these lands and about restoring the language and world views that go with protecting the land for future generations.”

 

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