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Land, Water and Resource Council meet on environmental and land protection

June 18, 2019

Treaty 2 Territory – The Land, Water and Resource (LWR) Council held its monthly meeting at our Treaty 2 Government Building in Dauphin today (18 June 2019).

The topics discussed was the Treaty Lands (Crown), Flood Protection planning, CN Oil Spill, Blackbird Creek drainage, Birtle Transmission line, Bison Ranch – Slater and Parks in the territory.  The Protocols continue to be discussed to begin the process on discussing fisheries, wildlife, forestry/land management.  The formations of the Coalitions of FN’s with Interest All Waters, and Duck Mountains.

The lack of meaningful consultation and accommodation from other Government’s in our Territory was discussed.  FNiT2T has a draft Consultation and Accommodation law that is being considered for view this summer at the Grand Council at Lake Manitoba on 20/21 August.

A detailed discussion continued regarding High Country Bison.  High Country Bison are leasing or buying Crown lands adjacent to Pine Creek First Nation and clearing and fencing they recently purchased Crown Lands according to the neighbouring Indigenous Communities. High Country Bison has a herd of 1,800 Plains Bison and growing.  First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory were never properly consulted on crown lands purchased by High Country Bison.

The Megaproject discussions continue regarding the Channel that Manitoba is trying to propose in the Treaty 2 Territory.  CEAA has moved a low-level discussion to high priority which will include Manitoba and Canada paying for the four (4) studies that must be conducted along with an in-depth engagement process that includes all members in the territory.  FNIT2T respects the local First Nations jurisdiction which in their area.  Lands being affected are collectively held and protected by Inherent and Treaty rights.  Compensation has never been provided for Immigration and Settlement.

A further meeting will be scheduled to have both our Tribal Councils in the territory involved to update current programs being over in the area of land and environmental protection.

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