First Nation Begins Land Use Planning Process
New Ontario Government Supports First Nations Community-Based Planning
Deer Lake First Nation and Ontario have signed an agreement to work together on a land use plan.
These plans help identify economic opportunities and areas for protection under the Far North Act. Protecting cultural features, values, waterways and wildlife habitat, including species at risk, will be important considerations in this planning.
The public is invited to an open house, scheduled for April 23, 2013, in Red Lake, to participate in the planning process and to review background information.
- Five First Nation communities have completed community based land use plans: Pikangikum, Cat Lake, Slate Falls, Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids.
- Twenty-six other First Nation communities are also working with Ontario and are in various stages of community-based land use planning.
“Ontario is pleased to be working side-by-side with Deer Lake First Nation at this important stage of the community-based land use planning process. Land use planning with First Nations is essential in identifying local economic opportunities while protecting features of significant cultural and natural value.”
“Deer Lake First Nation recognizes the benefits of developing a community-based land use plan with Ontario. Planning will help us protect traditional lands and create opportunities for resource development that can benefit not only our community but also our neighbours with whom we share the land.”
Roy Dale Meekis