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Focusing on What Matters: How to Screen and Prioritize Requests


“Looking back on it, you don’t know what you’re missing because you don’t know what the opportunities are. That’s one of the challenges I think for any First Nation. You don’t know what you’re missing. And if you don’t have the right system, and...

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How to Structure an Effective Lands and Consultation Department


“The roles within the Lands Office should reflect the priorities of the communities.” —Mark MacDougall, Regulatory and Research Consultant, SVS 


In the first post of our Lands and Consultation Department series, we talked about how having a...

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Plant the Seed: Making the Case for a Lands and Consultation Department


If you work in your Nation’s lands, resources, or consultation departments, or hold these portfolios on Council, you likely know all too well what it feels like to be drowning in consultation emails.  Whether it is a proponent reaching out about...

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Along the Line: Why Linear Corridors Need Environmental Monitoring






Welcome to the final post in our environmental monitoring series. Thank you for joining us on the exciting ride through all things environmental monitoring. We have covered several important topics to consider when planning your own...

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Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: What You Need to Know


If you've been following our Environmental Monitoring blog series, you've hopefully been inspired by all the ways environmental monitoring can benefit your community. One benefit of having baseline data from environmental monitoring that you may...

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World Water Day and the Indigenous Water Crisis: Protecting What Matters


March 22, 2022 is World Water Day. The theme this year is “Groundwater — Making the Invisible Visible.” Here at SVS, we recognize the significance of water for our clients and their communities. So much so that some of our resident water experts...

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Five Benefits of Placing Indigenous Knowledge at the Heart of Environmental Monitoring


Darrell Settee of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, image taken by Laura Taylor




And just like that, it’s March! With field season just around the corner now, we bring you the fourth post in our blog series on environmental monitoring. Our last post...

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Four Creative Ways to Fund Your Environmental Monitoring Project


Welcome to the third post in our blog series on environmental monitoring. Our last post addressed the core questions to ask as you plan your project: Five Key Questions to Plan a Community-led Environmental Monitoring Program. One of the most...

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Five Key Questions to Plan a Community-led Environmental Monitoring Program


Welcome to the second post in our blog series that delves into the exciting world of environmental monitoring. Exciting, you may ask? Yes! At least our team sure thinks so. What better way to protect your lands and waters than to keep a...

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Environmental Monitoring: Empowering Citizens


Wetland Monitoring and Training Program Empowers Red River Métis Citizens and Harvesters to Monitor What Matters


Looking out over the frozen wetlands and lakes in the deep of winter, field season can seem far away. But in the blink of an eye,...

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