- Rettie Boat Access/ Beaconia Channel - for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands submitted comments to Manitoba Conservation Environmental Assessment and Licensing Branch (EALB) on the Rettie Boat Access / Beaconia Channel application. The channel was constructed illegally before the proponent applied for a license under the Manitoba Environment Act. Manitoba Wildlands noted that the Rettie Boat Access scenario shows, when intra and inter-government communication and policy integration is inadequate the jobs of government employees become more difficult, and the health of Manitoba’s ecosystems suffers.
- Proposal to Renew Fisher Bay as a Park Reserve - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands commented on the lack of information provided by Manitoba Conservation on the new park designation, the short timelines as for public consultation for the designation, delay in designating this area a provincial park, effected species in the area, access to information and the public registry, and climate change. Policy and appropriate steps with First Nations regarding protected areas establishment and park planning were included. Manitoba Wildlands follow this letter with a second letter, specifically addressing the intention of Manitoba Conservation to renew interim protection for the area, as apposed to assigning the area permanent protection under the Park Act.
- Proposal to Designate Birch Island Park Reserve a Provincial Park - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands commented on the lack of information provided by Manitoba Conservation on the new park designation, the short timelines as for public consultation for the designation, delay in designating this area a provincial park, effected species in the area, access to information and the public registry, and climate change. Policy and appropriate steps with First Nations regarding protected areas establishment and park planning were included.
- Bird's Hill Future Park Management Plan - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands commented on information provided by Manitoba Conservation for the area, heritage options for the park, planning for events such as Folk Festival, access to information (including needs for a public registry file and high quality map for the park), protected areas and climate change. In addition Manitoba Wildlands asked why the Park has not been enlarged and whether Metis Heritage would be part of future park programming.
- Articles Written for The Drum
Written by Gaile Whelan Enns, principal in Whelan Enns Associates.
Articles are posted on Manitoba Wildlands website, and by The Drum.
Series of articles regarding lands, waters, and topics of particular concern to Manitoba's First Nations. Written for The Drum, and published as full page feature articles these articles about about topics that include: the Churchill River diversion, meaningful consultations, climate change, First Nations protecting lands and waters and the economy. Includes a feature article written for First Nation Voices, the annual publication for the Assembly of First Nations magazine, First Nation Voices.
- Little Limestone Lake Park Proposal - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
The park reserve has been in place and protected for five years, so comments are about the proposed permanent park designation of Little Limestone Lake Park, the Earth’s largest marl lake, located 65km North of Grand Rapids Manitoba. Manitoba Wildlands supported the continued protection of the marl lake, while highlighting: the inadequacy of a 100 meter buffer zone around the lake, the lack of classification for water in Manitoba’s Parks Act, and the lack of public consultation standards.
- Comments on Manitoba Wetlands to Manitoba Water Council - for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wilddlands (MWL) offered recommendations to the Manitoba Water Council in response to their request for perspectives on wetlands in Manitoba. MWL recommended: that all responses, draft reports, and final reports be made public for the sake of transparency; that appropriate consultation and accommodation of First Nation concerns and rights be taken into account in wetlands decision making; and stressed the need for Manitoba to put a larger effort into protecting wetlands and other terrestrial biomes.
- Ontario Far North Planning Products - Whelan Enns Associates
Whelan Enns Associates assists two First Nations with their lands plan outline, and draft lands plan products in advance of posting on the Ontario EBR web site. Composite maps regarding land use, geology, weather and precipitation, watersheds, significant species ranges, traditional land use, and historic sites all included in the versions of the traditional lands atlas provided to support the First Nation lands management, protection, and lands use plan.
- Minerals in Manitoba: Value and Revenues - Whelan Enns Associates
An examination of the province of Manitoba’s yearly filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and annual departmental reports regarding value of minerals extracted in Manitoba. Examination outlines: value of minerals extracted and exported between 1988-2008, and examines revenue these activities contribute to the Manitoba Government. Concludes with questions for further examination on consultation processes with First Nations people whose traditional territories these minerals are often extracted from. Asks how much governmental revenues generated flows back to northern communities.
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Comprehensive Study Scoping Document, Lake Winnipeg East Side Road - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
This document from Manitoba Wildlands contains comments regarding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Comprehensive Study Scoping Document, Lake Winnipeg East Side Road. Manitoba Wildlands comments include concerns about the identification of proponents involved in the project, the definition of the project area, future intended projects for the east side of lake Winnipeg, the cumulative effects of the project, the effects of the project on woodland caribou, and other species, and the projects effects on climate change.
- Environmental Assessment for Waskada Pipeline Project - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
This document from Manitoba Wildlands contains comments regarding the Environmental Assessment for Waskada Pipeline Project. Manitoba Wildlands comments include concerns about lack of materials in the public registry, pipeline construction and environmental assessment standards, effects on climate change, lack of details in spill/contamination plans and concerns regarding the public consultation process for surrounding communities and First Nations.
- First Nations Planning Agreement - Whelan Enns Associates
Whelan Enns Associates commissioned an agreement regarding traditional lands planning between a Manitoba First Nation and the Manitoba Conservation minister, for a client community. The agreement text strengthens Aboriginal constitutional and treaty rights with respect to traditional lands, and decision making for management, protection, and development of lands and waters. The agreement also stipulates that principles and standards which the Manitoba government agreed to in MOUs and Accord be upheld.
- Draft Guidelines for Effects Assessment for the Louisiana Pacific Twenty Year Forest Management Plan - review comments for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands (MWL) offered recommendations for the Draft Guidelines for the Preparation of the Effects Assessment for the Louisiana Pacific Canada Ltd. Twenty Year Forest Management Plan put forward by Manitoba Conservation. MWL determined that consistent guidelines are required for the creation of a twenty year plan, and submission guidelines show few updates since the first draft guidelines were originally created. MWL also highlighted previous commitments by the Manitoba Government to hold public hearings regarding the creation of a twenty year plan for Louisiana Pacific's operations.
- Draft BiPole III (Manitoba Hydro) Scoping Document - Comments - for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands (MWL) offered recommendations for the Bipole III Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Bipole III review/licensing process based on the contents of Manitoba Conservation scoping document for the project. MWL determined access to information was inadequate, standards and regulations regarding Environmental Assessments (EAs) are lacking, and recommends Manitoba Conservation put these in place. Various documents were sent with the comments letter to reiterate the importance of a proper scoping document and EA process. In addition, recommendations regarding standards, principles, and Best Practices for social responsibility which Manitoba Conservation should expect of Manitoba Hydro are included.
- Natural Resources Laws and Rights Workshop - Whelan Enns Associates
A community workshop, ranging one to two days, on natural resources laws and rights from a community perspective. The workshop focuses on: a) kinds of laws; natural law, spiritual law, customary law, constitutional law, Crown or provincial Law; and b) kinds of rights; human rights, Charter/constitutional rights, aboriginal rights, treaty rights. Relationships of resources to, and management of, resources based on these laws sets of laws and rights are included in workshop discussions.
- Draft Southeast Regional Groundwater Management Plan (Manitoba Water Stewardship) - review comments - for Manitoba Wildlands
This document comments on the 2009 Draft Southeast Regional Groundwater Management Plan. Comments include concerns regarding the lack of Public Registry files posted, regulatory standards, plan structures, conservation and sustainable development, and evaluation criteria. The draft plan is a technical annex for an operational plan. Manitoba Wildlands indicated a standard for ground water planning is absent in Manitoba. Manitoba Wildlands also offers its availability to assist with updates and improvements based on review comments.
- Resource Management Workshop - Whelan Enns Associates
A one to two day community workshop on community resource management. Using interactive learning activities, workshop focuses on basics of sustainability, conservation, restoration and mitigation showing how these terms can be applied to community resources. Focus on brainstorming resources, identifying community resource values, goals and actions, and with mission statement regarding resource use.
- Evaluating Information Workshop - Whelan Enns Associates
A one-day community workshop about how to evaluate information. Focus topics are: information (types, sources and quality), information use with local examples, evaluating different types of information, understanding information a community has available to them and developing research and project planning skills. Interactive sessions include identification of the information that affects the community, and setting up a community project.
- Tembec 2009-2028 Forest Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement review comments - for Manitoba Wildlands
This document comments from Manitoba Wildlands regarding the Tembec 2009-2028 Forest Stewardship Pan and Environmental Impact Statement. Manitoba Wildlands comments include concerns about the economic viability of this project, instability of Tembec's Pine Falls Mill, incomplete public registry, lack of regulatory and policy compliance as well as concerns regarding First Nation consultation and climate change.
- Manitoba Environment Proposal East Side PR 304 to Berens River All Season Road Environmental Impact Statement review comments - for Manitoba Wildlands
This document is the set of comments, and attachment from Manitoba Wildlands regarding the East Side PR 304 to Berens River All Season Road Environmental Impact Statement. Manitoba Wildlands comments include concerns regarding an incomplete and disjointed public registry, lack of information on funding, lack of responsibility for the project, biased justification, and inferences this project includes other developments, and a larger initiative using staged licensing. The lack of any public policy standards for the proponent to fulfill is significant for a project that is government planned, licensed and funded.