Magnetawan First Nation
Environmental Management Plan
In June of 2015 Magnetawan collectively voted to ratify their Land Code, and in doing so became the 56th First Nation in Canada and the 11th First Nation in Ontario to ratify the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. The adoption of the Land Code, under the Framework Agreement, provides them with the opportunity to govern and manage their own lands, including the development and implementation of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
In 2016, SVS was retained by Magnetawan First Nation to support the development of an EMP for the lands and waters within the community. The development of the plan was guided by the community’s knowledge and teachings related to the protection of the lands and waters, gathered through community engagement activities and a Traditional Land Use Study SVS carried out in 2013. It supported the communities vision to grow economically, physically, and culturally, while living in harmony with, and respecting, the environment.
Value for the Client Group
The EMP we developed with Magnetawan provided the direction needed for the community to pursue economic development while conserving natural resources for future generations. It also provided practical steps for identifying emerging and potential issues of environmental concern and mechanisms to manage their effect on the lands and waters.
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