Below is a list of the workshops, categorized by field of study, to be presented at the 2017 Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference. A short synopsis of each of the events will be given as they become 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.

Wataynikaneyap Environmental Assessment - Karen Saunders, Golder Associates

Climate Change Panel - Debbie King, Pays Plat & Larissa Mikkelsen, Four Rivers

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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.

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.

Municipal Transfer 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.

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.

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.

Community Awareness - Lindsey Jupp, Matawa, Stu Finn, Shibogama & Laura Sayers, Shibogama

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.

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For information or inquiries regarding the NOFNEC 2017, 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