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ABORIGINAL TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ELDERS WORKSHOP

The main purpose of the “ATK: Guidance for Environmental and Resource Management in Ontario” project was to follow up on the main recommendation that emerged from the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK)1 workshop held in Garden River First Nation in March 2007. The key aspect of this project is to provide guidance to government decision makers for the consideration of ATK in environmental decision making processes.

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Summary report of the Chiefs of Ontario First Nations Water Policy Forum

The Chiefs of Ontario First Nations Water Policy Forum was October 15, 16 17, 2008. Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, Chief Dean Sayers, Chief Lyle Sayers, Elder Leona Stevens, Elder Phyllis Shaugabay, Elder Fred Kelly and the host community, Garden River First Nation, welcomed all of the forum participants to Anishinaabe Territory with warmth and open hearts. Garden River First Nation provided a generous feast as well other nourishments that were appreciated by all, extended caring and kindness throughout our visit.

NUCLEAR WASTE DISCUSSION REPORT - WE ARE THE LAND

First Nation communities in Ontario face environmental challenges on a daily basis and have experienced these challenges for many years. The challenges are local, regional or global in scope. The responses to these challenges vary widely and have evolved over time with contact with the newcomers. First Nations maintain unique perspectives in environmental management. The environmental concerns involve the recognition and protection of First Nation and treaty rights.

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RESPECTING OUR ANCESTORS, ENSURING OUR FUTURE: Traditional Knowledge (TK) Primer

This Traditional Knowledge (TK) Primer will provide an overview for First Nation communities to understand the importance of developing mechanisms for the protection, sharing and formal recognition of their Traditional Knowledge systems; within their own communities and externally with governments, industry and others. This level of participation recognizes First Nations inherent rights, their constitutional and their treaty rights.

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Traditional Knowledge Literature Review

This review consists of a strategic review of current documentation on Traditional Knowledge practices, case studies, workshops, reports, and toolkits in Canada. It also includes an annotated bibliography on Traditional Knowledge (TK) ethical protocols.

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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS: Canadian Law on Aboriginal and Treaty “Water” Rights, and the Great Lakes Annex

This paper is a critical analysis of how the Annex Regime could affect aboriginal and treaty rights in Ontario. It is a paper about aboriginal and treaty rights to and dependent on water.

REPORT ON THE MINISTER'S ROUND TABLE UNDER THE SPECIES AT RISK ACT

DECEMBER 6-7, 2006
GATINEAU, OUEBEC

The overall objective of the Round Table was to provide recommendations for improving efforts to conserve wildlife species and, in particular, to protect and recover species at risk.

The objective of the Round Table was to solicit focused forward-looking recommendations from a broad cross-section of knowledgeable opinion leaders on how to improve the conservation of species and the protection and recovery of species at risk, including the role of SARA therein.

The report on the Round Table is attached.

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Chiefs of Ontario Bulletin: Species at Risk

March 7, 2006

To: Chiefs of Ontario, Tribal Councils and PTOs
Dt: March 7, 2006
Fr: Sue Chiblow, Environment Coordinator
Re: Species at Risk

On December 12, 2002 the Species at Risk Act (SARA) received Royal Assent. The purpose of this type of legislation is to prevent wildlife species, that can be plants, animals or organisms found in the wild and native to Canada from becoming extirpated or extinct; as well as to provide the renewal of species that are extirpated, extinct or vulnerable to human activity; finally to manage the species of special concern.

Chiefs of Ontario Bulletin: Update on Watershed-based Source Protection

March 31, 2004

Chiefs of Ontario Bulletin
To: All Chiefs
Dt: March 31, 2004
Fr: Sue Chiblow, Environment Coordinator
Re: Update on Watershed-based Source Protection

ISSUE: “White Paper on Watershed-based Source Protection Planning”

Chiefs of Ontario Bulletin: Watershed-based Source Protection

March 31, 2004

Chiefs of Ontario Bulletin
To: All Chiefs of Ontario
Dt: March 31, 2004
Fr: Sue Chiblow, Environment Coordinator
Re: Communities and the Impact of Climate Change Conference

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