Minister Mauro Attends Open House for Deer Lake Draft Plan
Today, Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, will attend an open house in Red Lake to share Deer Lake First Nation's draft community based land use plan with the public. Deer Lake Chief Royle Meekis and Ross Mamakeesic, director of operations of the Northern Chiefs Council (Keewaytinook Okimakanak) will also be in attendance. The open house is an opportunity for the public to participate in the planning process and to review background information.
The draft plan identifies opportunities for mineral exploration and development, infrastructure, tourism and renewable energy and proposes dedicated protected areas.
Ontario is working jointly with First Nations to prepare land use plans in the Far North. 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.
- Nearly all First Nation communities in the Far North have engaged with Ontario in the early stages of preparing community based land use plans.