KASABONIKA NEWSLETTER

COMMUNITY BASED LAND USE PLANNING

June 2011 Volume 2

 

Message from Chief and Council


 We are very pleased with the interest shown to date in this 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 prepare a plan that is truly reflects our community values.

Chief and Council

 

Update                                                                                                                   

* The Kasabonika Lake First Nation CB LUP process has been underway now for 4 months.

* The planning team, with community input has identified and digitized the boundaries of the planning area. The planning area boundaries focus on lands off the reserve within the traditional territory of the KLFN. A map of the area is available for interested persons.


* A community survey is underway and over 100 surveys have been collected to date. The survey deadline was June 3, 2011 Contact Shane Semple for details.

* A second community meeting was held on May 12th and 13th. The meeting involved Chief and Council and the planning committee in the morning. This was followed up by a public meeting at the school in the afternoon. Proceedings of the public meeting were broadcasted on local radio.

* We are in the final stages of the initial phase and work on the actual plan is expected to start in early summer through the development of a land use planning Terms of Reference. The current stage is focused on getting the members of the community to decide on how the plan should be developed.

Planning Team

The Resource Development Planning Board is the steering committee for this project. Shane Semple is the community coordinator and Kelly Winter is the planning assistant.

Planning Board

Mike Anderson

John George Anderson

Rodney Anderson

Stanley Anderson

George S. Anderson

John Gregg

Simon Semple

Planning Coordinator          Shane Semple

Assistant                               Kelly Winter

Projects Manager                Mitch Diabo

Harold Westdale and Murray Coates are planning consultants for the project.

 

What is land use plan and why is it needed?

A number of survey respondents are uncertain as to whether having a plan is needed to define boundaries and land use activities that can take place on lands surrounding the reserve. Here are some general reasons for doing a land use plan:

* Having a land use plan provides a basis for protecting special areas from development. At this point third parties are free to proceed with development throughout our traditional land base.         

* Special protected areas would not be subject to mineral claims.         

* Neighbouring communities are in the process of defining their boundaries and we need to be sure our interests are protected.         

* Establishment of defined boundaries does not restrict us from exercising our aboriginal rights beyond the planning area.         

* The plan is subject to community ratification before it is finalized. Amendments can be made prior to ratification if the community so wishes. After ratification by KLFN and Ontario, amendments can still be made by mutual agreement.

The stages of the Planning Process

We are currently still at the beginning of the Terms of Reference stage, which is considered to be the first formal phase of land use planning. Once an approved Terms of Reference has been prepared, it will be posted on the Environmental Bills of Registry for public review and input. The Terms of Reference outlines the community’s goals, objectives and rationale for completing a community based land use plan. It also outlines the steps that will be undertaken to complete the plan.
As the Terms of Reference is finalized, work will continue on objectives and opportunities. The next phase will start in July after Ontario and KLFN have agreed upon a phase 2 work plan.

PROPOSED GOALS FOR THE PLAN (Draft)

The goal of the plan is to be confirmed by the community in the next phase of internal discussions.  Provisionally, however, the Resource Development Planning Board has agreed to state the goal of the plan as to:

Contribute to the economic, cultural, social, and environmental well being of the members of the Kasabonika Lake First Nation through the sustainable development of natural resources

Economic Goals

* Provide economic opportunities for members through the wise development of natural resources

Cultural Goals

* Support and sustain traditional knowledge, traditional land uses, and access to these lands now and for future generations

Social Goals

* Enhance family, personal and community life

Environmental Goals

* Sustain and protect the natural world for present and future generations

 

Principles (Draft)

The following statement of principles has been provisionally approved by the Chief and Council and the Planning Board:

“Land was created for the people who live on the earth”.

The Members of Kasabonika Lake First Nation have a deep attachment to the land and duty of care to look after the land and all of the creatures therein.

Therefore, land use designations in the Kasabonika Lake Land Use Plan will be consistent with the following principles:

          * KFN will exercise its duty of care to maintain the land using its customary stewardship approach;

          * Resource based livelihood opportunities will be pursued in a manner that ensures the continued abundance of life on the land;

          * The land use plan will be for the benefit of all our members;

          * Land use designation will be made to enhance our traditional way of life;

          * The land use plan will not compromise Treaty and Aboriginal Rights; and

          * The land use plan will protect areas for future generations.

Community Involvement

As part of making sure the plan is community based, we need the membership to participate. The first community meetings on February and May were part of this process. Additional meetings will take place throughout the planning process.
We are currently in the final stages of a community household survey which will be completed shortly. After the results are known we expect to report the results to the community.


 

We would emphasize that development of the actual plan has not started yet. The actual planning process will start about July 1st and could take up to 2 years, depending on how fast the membership wants to proceed.

The planning coordinator and the steering committee will be available to meet with groups and individuals upon request to answer questions and address concerns. Contact information for the planning consultants and MNR representatives is provided below for those who may wish to send email questions and comments.

Other Communities doing Land Use Plans

          * Pikangikum – Whitefeather LUP completed

          * Cat Lake/Slate Falls – Draft plan completed

          * Paungassi/Little Grand River – Draft plan completed

          * Mishkeegogamang/Eabametoong – Terms of Reference completed

          * Several others in early stages of planning

 

 

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 27 AND 28, 2011. THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT CHIEF SIMEON MCKAY SCHOOL GYM. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED ALL AFTERNOON.

Congratulations to the winners of the draw that took place on June 3, 2011

1. Christopher Anderson

2. Abe Wabasse

3. Donald J. Anderson

4. Rufus McCullough

5. Jacob Anderson

6. Madeline Mamakwa

7. Leon Winter

8. Cornelius Anderson

9. Priscilla Anderson

 

Grand Prize Winner

Priscilla Anderson

Return air fare from Kasabonika to Sioux Lookout on Wasaya Airways.

Congratulations!

 

 

EMAIL CONTACT INFORMATION

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
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 Coordinator and staff
Shane Semple                        klfn_clupc_ssemple@hotmail.ca
Kelly Winter                          kellyw@kasabonika.ca
Mitch Diabo                           mkdiabo@gmail.com

 

 

More pictures from the community meeting.

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