March 2011 Volume 1


The Bill C 191 Far North Act legislation was introduced in June 2009 to implement a vision announced by Premier McGuinty.  The original proclamation came about in 2008 for protection of the boreal region which occupies 42 per cent of the province of Ontario.  A key objective identified in the Act is the protection of 225,-000 km2   of that 42 percent or about half of the area.


Important News

  • The Kasabonika Lake First Nation started working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources on a Kasabonika Community-Based Land Use Plan (CBLUP).
  • The plan will focus on lands off the reserve within the traditional territory of KLFN.
  • Community activities started on Tuesday February 1st and included a meeting with Chief and Council and the Resource Development Planning Board in the morning. This was followed up by a public meeting at the school in the afternoon. The public meeting was broadcast on local radio.
  • We are currently in the early stages and work on the actual plan is expected to start in early Summer 2011. The current Phase 1 will focus on getting community to decide how the plan should be developed.
Land Use Plan - Project Team

Chief and Council has designated the Resource Development Planning Board as the steering committee for this project. Band Staff include: Shane Semple as the CLUP Coordinator, Kelly Winter is Consultation Coordinator and will assist with community activities; Mitchell Diabo is providing guidance and support to the project and staff, while Chief Eno H. Anderson oversees the project from Council. 

Members of the Planning Board are as follows:  

Mike Anderson

John George Anderson

Rodney Anderson

George S. Andersons 

Stanley Anderson

John Gregg

Simon Semple

Harry Semple 

Harold Westdal and Murray Coates are planning consultants assisting with technical issues, research, writing, and project development.


What is a Land Use Plan? 

* A document that sets out community intentions for the use of lands;

* The outcome of the plans is most often seen in map form;

* A 'Community Based' Land Use Plan addresses both community and provincial interests.

Why have a Plan?

* To Identify potential economic opportunities;

* To provide for orderly development of resources that reflects community and provincial interests and values;

* To reduce conflict with other land users, the plan identifies desired uses and incompatible uses.

Stages of the Planning Process



Partners in Planning 

This plan will be a partnership effort between Kasabonika and the Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario).

Kasabonika will lead the process and determine the priorities, objectives, and project design. Community members will participate in meetings and workshops to discuss land uses, sensitive and cultural sites, family interests, trap lines, and all other key considerations for traditional lands.

The approval of a future plan must be approved by Kasabonika and ratified by agreement between KLFN and Ontario.

Starting the Plan: First Steps – January 2011 to June 2011 (Phase 1)

* Relationship building between Ontario and the community to enable the two parties to work together;

* Information collection /documentation of available existing information;

* Planning area boundaries to identify the traditional land base of Kasabonika;

* Terms of Reference for developing a plan in Phase 2.

The planning process will proceed at the pace the community wishes. The current schedule is based on completion of the above activities on or about June 30th of this year. Completion of the actual plan would proceed after June 30th and could be completed within 2 to 3 years.


Elders to play key role

This plan will be done with the involvement of a broad range of people from the KLFN including the Elders. We will need everyone to participate so the final product reflects what the people feel is the best way to proceed. All members of the community are urged to get involved including Youth, Women, Trappers, Hunters and Fishers



Kasabonika Lake First Nation – Community Consultation Process

Kasabonika will be approaching the Land Use Plan using our internal decisionmaking process

established to examine resource development issues in Kasabonika:


STEP 1Research & Fact Finding

  • Community Development Research
  • Establish community priorities/opportunities/restraints
  • Use information as a resource for public education and consultation
STEP 2Education & Participation
  • Inform people to ensure participation
  • Education assists community consultation
  • Requires a variety of communications
  • Education must be ongoing 
STEP 3Community Consultation
  • Consultation is essential & continuous
  • Sets the guidelines for development
  • Guides a community endorsed development plans and principles
  • Consultation helps set project development principles
STEP 4Governance Issues
  • BCR’s – General direction and mandates must be established
  • Develop a local governance structure
  • Develop Policy Guidelines & Protocol
  • Create Reporting structures & systems 
STEP 5Guiding Principles
  • Our culture & ways of life shall be protected
  • The Environment shall be protected
  • Our Aboriginal Constitutional & Treaty rights shall be protected
  • Development in our territory must benefit our people
STEP 6Development Plans
  • Initial inventory to identify;

-      Resources

-      Shortfalls

-      Needs & recommendations

  • General Community Economic Development Plan
  • Sect oral Specific Development Plans
STEP 7Local Corporations
  • Establish Community Development Corporation
  • Add sub-businesses as developed i.e. tourism, mineral etc.
STEP 8Resource Management
  • Assess exiting community resources
  • Determine potential growth areas
  • Build community capacity
  • Build Infrastructure
  • Human Capital
  • Encourage community buy-in
STEP 9Infrastructure Needs
  • Develop plans & pursue resources
  • Housing for management/employees
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Fuel supply,
  • Water housing,
  • Tourism facilities, etc.
STEP 10Develop Products & Marketing
  • Minerals, Tourism, Forestry & Others
  • Develop Products & Services to sell
  • Develop Markets & Marketing Plans
  • Needs a proactive approach

Community Voices

As part of making sure the plan is community-based we need the membership to provide input, information and ideas on developing a land use plan. The first community meeting on Feb 1st was just the beginning of this process.

The next step will be a household survey which will be done over the next few weeks. After the results are known we expect to hold a series of community meetings. These meetings will focus on defining the boundaries of the planning area as well as obtaining information on how the community would like to do the overall plan.

The planning team and the Planning Board will be available to meet with groups and individuals to answer questions. Contact information for the planning consultants and MNR representatives is provided below for those who may wish to send email questions and comments.

Email contact information

Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario):

Michelle Glena          Michelle.Glena@ontario.ca

Mike Petit                michael.pettit@ontario.ca

Planning Consultants:

Harold Westdal         hwestdal@mymts.net

Murray Coates         m.coates@shaw.ca

LUP Staff:

Shane Semple          Community Land Use Planning Coordinator


Kelly Winter             Consultation Coordinator


Mitchell Diabo           Guidance and support to the project and staff



Other Communities doing Land Use Plans    

          Pikangikum – Whitefeather LUP completed

          Cat Lake/Slate Falls – Draft plan completed

          Paungassi/Little Grand – Draft plan completed

          Mishkeegogamang/ – Terms of Reference completed

          Several other First Nations in early stages of planning (Webequie, K.I., etc.) 

Message from Chief & Council  

This is a very important process for our community. We are trying to establish a means by which our traditional way of life is protected for future generations.

Please get involved and help us to prepare a plan that reflects our community values and way of life.



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