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Supporting Consultation Capacity in Aboriginal Communities

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Supporting Consultation Capacity in Aboriginal Communities

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is helping First Nations, Métis communities and Aboriginal organizations build consultation capacity and explore new economic development activities.

Aboriginal communities and organizations pursued a number of projects through enhanced program funding from the New Relationship Fund in 2014-15. 

  • Alderville First Nation will hire an archeological monitor co-ordinator to ensure the community's interests are being met during land development projects.
  • Algonquin Opportunity (No. 2) Corporation will build relationships among three Algonquin communities to address matters of mutual concern with government and pursue potential partnerships with resource-based industries.
  • Algonquin Nation Secretariat will facilitate broader participation by Timiskaming, Wolf Lake and Eagle Village in the regional economy of the portion of Ontario lying between Deep River and Kirkland Lake.
  • Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation will hire a Geographic Information System (GIS) co-ordinator to further develop the GIS system, integrate the system with community operations, and develop a comprehensive development and planning tool.
  • Delaware Nation Council will develop capacity to better engage with municipalities and proponents on development opportunities and consultation requests.
  • Garden River First Nation will hire an assistant consultation co-ordinator to improve consultation and engagement with government and industry.
  • Grassy Narrows First Nation will develop a joint terms of reference with two adjacent First Nations to guide land-use planning and forestry resource management in the Whiskey Jack Forest.
  • Hiawatha First Nation will hire a resource developer to pursue development opportunities with government and industry proponents.
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak will work with five partner First Nations to facilitate regional gatherings focused on land-use planning.
  • Matawa First Nations Management will develop a more efficient community engagement process framework that will contribute to improved relationships with industry and government.
  • Matachewan First Nation will develop tools to more effectively evaluate government and third-party proposals for resource development.
  • Mattagami First Nation will pursue a business development co-ordination project that will provide training to build consultation capacity among community members.
  • Métis Nation of Ontario will engage in consultations related to land transfer arrangements.
  • Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will increase capacity to engage with the oil and natural gas pipeline industry.
  • Moose Cree First Nation will build a public knowledge transfer website and improve its data information management system.
  • Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre will continue in its work to become a social enterprise and centre of expertise in environmental preservation, restoration, and study.
  • Pic Mobert First Nation will hire a forestry advisor to further develop and solidify forestry‐related partnerships with regional stakeholders.
  • Pikangikum First Nation will hire a co-ordinator to participate in the plan to manage the Whitefeather Forest.
  • Poplar Hill First Nation will work with elders to map traditional Ojibway place names to strengthen cultural identity and guide land and resource decisions within the community.
  • Red Rock Indian Band will hire a resource development special projects officer to advise on the management and development of natural resources located within its traditional territory.
  • Sachigo Lake First Nation will hire a mining co-ordinator to build capacity and engage in economic development opportunities with the mineral exploration and mining sector.
  • Serpent River First Nation will build and refine the existing base map of its traditional territory, which includes cataloguing its cultural assets.
  • Temagami First Nation will develop an online consultation, engagement, and knowledge-sharing tool.
  • Thessalon First Nation will hire a lands and business development officer to research and initiate economic development opportunities.
  • Timiskaming First Nation will establish capacity to pursue renewable energy opportunities.
  • Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation will hire a resource data management clerk to gather, verify and manage all land-use related traditional knowledge and resource development data available from within the community records, membership, and other publications and sources.
  • Wahnapitae First Nation will complete a GIS-based inventory of all historical, current and potential resource development activities within its territory.
  • Wawasum Group Limited will hire a project manager to complete the feasibility stage of a biofibre renewable energy project that could create jobs and improve economic outcomes in Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek and Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nations.
  • Whitefish River First Nation will develop a business strategy to participate in the poultry production sector.
  • Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve will review and update the mandate of its lands and resource department, so it is equipped to engage in lands and resources consultation and development initiatives.

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