Deer Lake First Nation Completes Draft Land Use Plan
Ontario Building Strong Relationships with First Nations
Deer Lake First Nation and Ontario have prepared a draft, community based land use plan that provides direction on the use of more than 400,000 hectares of land in the Far North.
The draft plan identifies opportunities for mineral exploration and development, infrastructure, tourism and renewable energy, and proposes dedicated protected areas. It will help create jobs and support economic growth to benefit First Nations and Ontario.
The public is invited to attend open houses in Deer Lake on June 16 and in Red Lake on June 18. These open houses are an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to provide input into the draft plan.
Working jointly with First Nations is essential to preparing land use plans for the Far North of Ontario. Land use planning in the Far North will contribute to economic growth while ensuring the protection of areas of cultural and ecological value.
- Five First Nation communities have completed community based land use plans: Pikangikum, Cat Lake, Slate Falls, Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids.
- An additional seven First Nation communities (including Deer Lake) have completed, and jointly approved, Terms of Reference with Ontario.
- Almost all First Nation communities in the Far North have engaged with Ontario in the early stages of preparing a community based land use plan.
“Our First Nation has been working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry over the last five years to build a new positive working relationship with Ontario and support a lead role for our community in a Community Based Land Use Planning process. We have now reached an important step in the process and are very happy to be sharing in our achievement together.”
Chief Royle Meekis
“Ontario is pleased to be taking another step forward with Deer Lake First Nation in community based land use planning. This draft plan is an important milestone in the Far North Planning Initiative and an excellent example of how First Nations and Ontario are building a positive relationship and are working together for the future of the Far North. We look forward to continuing to build upon the partnership between Deer Lake and Ontario.”
“Today’s announcement further strengthens the relationship between Deer Lake First Nation and Ontario, and shows that by working together in good faith and mutual respect we can achieve great things. It is another example of our government’s commitment to ensuring that First Nations are full partners in the community based land use planning process for the Far North.”