COMMUNITY BASED LAND USE PLANNING
June 2011 Volume 2
Message from Chief and Council
Chief and Council
* 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 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.
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.
John George Anderson
George S. Anderson
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.
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
* Provide economic opportunities for members through the wise development of natural resources
* Support and sustain traditional knowledge, traditional land uses, and access to these lands now and for future generations
* Enhance family, personal and community life
* Sustain and protect the natural world for present and future generations
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.
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 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
Return air fare from Kasabonika to Sioux Lookout on Wasaya Airways.
EMAIL CONTACT INFORMATION
More pictures from the community meeting.