Below is a list of the workshops, categorized by field of study, presented at the 2017 Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference. A short synopsis of each of the workshops, as well as presetnations are provided where available.

The categories include Trending Topics, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, and Waste Management.

Trending Topics

Invasive Species with Field Workshop - Lauren Bell, Invasive Species Centre & David Dutkiewicz, Invasive Species Centre

The Invasive Species Centre will be providing a workshop on how to properly I.D. and report common invasive species in the field using EDDMapS Ontario (Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System). EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species. Participants are asked to download EDDMapS onto their iPhone or Android devices prior to the workshop, however manual entry forms will be available. Please go to EDDMapS to download the app, you can find the smart phone app download on the homepage.
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Wataynikaneyap Environmental Assessment - Karen Saunders, Golder Associates & Juan Anderson

Wataynikaneyap Power LP is a licensed transmission company majority owned by 22 First Nation communities in partnership with FortisOntario. Wataynikaneyap’s transmission line project seeks to connect remote First Nations to the provincial power grid, eliminating their dependence on diesel. The project is a priority in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan and consists of three components: Phase 1 will reinforce electricity supply to Pickle Lake, Phase 2 will connect 17 remote communities, and the Pikangikum distribution line project will expedite the construction of a line from Red Lake to Pikangikum First Nation. This presentation will describe the work to date, current status, and upcoming steps associated with the environmental assessment processes for each of the project components. The Wataynikaneyap transmission project is an unprecedented undertaking with First Nation communities working together and controlling development of infrastructure within their traditional lands; it will be a catalyst for greater prosperity and economic self-determination.
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Climate Change Panel - Alyssa Ray, Red Rock Indian Band, Bill Maloney, OFNTSC, Dean Cromarty, Wunnumin, Debbie King, Pays Plat, Kerry-Ann Charles, Cambium Aboriginal & Larissa Mikkelsen, Four Rivers

Join us in the Suites Conference Room to take part in this interactive panel discussion on the topic of climate change. Panelists will discuss the funding process, the different projects taking place, work completed and what they hope to see in the future. A perfect opportunity to learn and share!
Download the Red Rock Indian Band Presentation (PDF)
Download the OFNTSC Presentation (PDF)
Download the Cambium Aboriginal Presentation (PDF)

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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Certificate Training - Kimberly Jorgenson, Four Rivers & Larissa Mikkelsen, Four Rivers

Four Rivers Inc. will be providing Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Training at NOFNEC 2017. The two-day interactive training workshop will cover the basics of project environmental assessments (EAs) in northern Ontario, from the fundamental steps common to all EAs to the specifics of the Provincial and Federal processes. Participants will have the opportunity to work through their own assessment of the impacts of a proposed project, from determining the extent of impacts, implementing mitigation measures, defining ‘significance’ and reaching a final EA decision with monitoring conditions.
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Environmental Monitoring / Assessment Fieldtrip - Kimberly Jorgenson, Four Rivers & Larissa Mikkelsen, Four Rivers

A field trip to a nearby site will further expand on the EA scenario, adding real-life considerations to the assessment process. Participants will gain hands-on experience with various environmental monitoring techniques, including the collection of water and soil samples, and conducting baseline assessments of plant and water life. Discussions will occur throughout the workshop surrounding the challenges and realities of EAs and environmental monitoring in northern Ontario’s First Nation communities, including the challenges and frustrations of navigating government-regulated processes surrounding potential developments on your traditional homelands.

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Waste Management

Waste Disposal Table Topics

Proper disposal of waste is important in our communities to protect our lands, environment and health of our people. In this workshop, delegates will be divided into smaller groups that will rotate through each ‘table topic’ to learn about, share and discuss proper disposal of: scrap metal (fuel tanks, vehicles), household hazardous waste (paints, fluorescent bulbs, aerosols, batteries, etc.), household non-hazardous waste (household waste, recycling, compost), commercial waste (white goods, construction waste, etc.), electronic waste and used tires.
Scrap Metal (PDF)
Household Hazardous Waste (PDF)
Household Non-Hazardous Waste (PDF)
Commercial Waste (PDF)
Tires and E-Waste (PDF)

Municipal Type Service Agreements - Peigi Wilson, FCM, Tony Tino, INAC & Lillian Sutherland, Constance Lake

Municipal Type Service Agreements are different in each community and support 4 major infrastructure needs for First Nations living near a Municipality: Fire, Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Disposal. Here we will focus on Solid Waste and waste diversion activities (recycling). The federation of Canadian Municipalities will present on establishing a mutual legal agreement and expenses that could involve collection, transportation and disposal services. INAC representatives will be in attendance to tell us about eligible funding activities. Constance Lake First Nation will also join the workshop to provide insight into their experience going through a Waste Management Plan and all the things you have to consider before entering into an MTSA, or not.
Download the FCM Presentation (PDF)
Contact Gabrielle at The Ad/venture Group if you would like a copy of the INAC Presentation.

Challenges for Remote Communities - Laura Sayers, Shibogama

This workshop will discuss the challenges associated with waste management practices and waste diversion in remote First Nations communities, including funding, equipment, access for waste diversion, and permitting.
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Funding Application - Lindesy Jupp, Matawa & Lillian Sutherland, Constance Lake

This session will walk through completing a Minor Capital Application to INAC for conducting work on solid waste management plans, landfill design and upgrades, construction activities, and community engagement. Focus will be on cost estimates, scope of work development, and scheduling. If time permits we will review: BCR wording, Request for Proposals and Consultant Terms of Reference, and project reporting requirements.
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Community Awareness - Lindsey Jupp, Matawa, Stu Finn, Shibogama & Laura Sayers, Shibogama

In order for waste management initiatives to be successful, they must have the support of Chief & Council, band staff, and community members, including our youth and elders. This session will provide an opportunity to share resources and to brainstorm ideas on ways to better inform and educate our communities about waste management projects, to increase their likelihood of success.
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Waste Management Certificate Training: Fieldtrip to Sioux Lookout Landfill - Andrew Jewell, Municipality of Sioux Lookout

A field trip to the Hidden Lake Landfill will provide an exemplary real-life example of a functioning waste site. A tour of the landfill will touch on collection, transportation, and sorting of waste as well as the landfill’s status as an approved service provider for the Ontario Tire Stewardship, Ontario Electronic Stewardship and as an acceptor of waste oil. Discussions will occur through the tour surrounding the challenges in operating a waste site as well as the Municipality’s commitment to following applicable waste management legislation and the site’s Environmental Compliance Approval documentation.

Recycling - Paula Pizziol, Drayton Disposal & Jo-Anne St. Godard, Recycling Council of Ontario

In this workshop, delegates will hear about recycling programs and examples of successful recycling operations in the region. Recycling Council of Ontario will share information on the changes to the MOECC existing Blue Box program, and available services to Indigenous Communities in an effort to build awareness in communities on this program and its changes. Drayton Disposal provides local recycling services to the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and will share information on the basics of recycling and recycling operations in a small community.
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For information or inquiries regarding the NOFNEC 2018, please contact:
The Ad/venture Group
Gabrielle Tuomisto
Phone: (807) 622-1979
Fax: (807) 622-0846
Unit 1 883 Tungsten St.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6H2