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December 1st, 2021
The federal government has recognized for a number of years that most First Nations do not benefit from the same level of environmental protection as other communities in Canada. There are two components:
Environmental protection and management requires a comprehensive approach that is not possible with existing federal environmental laws. Some of the areas where this deficiency has been noted include management of solid waste including hazardous wastes; source water protections; and addressing environmental emergencies.
There are consequences resulting from this environmental protection gap including:
The federal government, specifically ISC and ECCC, has initiated a multiphase approach to co-develop options with First Nation regional organizations to address the environmental protection gap on First Nation reserve lands. Currently, they are in Phase 3 of a six-phase process. As part of this process, both Chiefs of Ontario and the Anishinabek Nation have been separately funded to work with Ontario First Nations to identify priorities, perspectives and solutions. The end goal is the development of a framework to address the environmental protection regulatory and capacity gap, including resourcing.
As part of this project, the Chiefs of Ontario is administering this survey to Ontario First Nations as the first step in information gathering. Results of the survey will be compiled and shared with the Chiefs Committee on the Environment (CCOE), the Chiefs of Ontario Leadership Council, First Nations leadership, all participants in the survey, and our federal government partners on the project. The results will also be shared with the national working group, which includes First Nations PTO representatives from across Canada.
Download the full survey here: 21-11-01 COO Environmental Regulation Gap Survey Oct 2021
Please complete the attached Environmental Regulation Gap Survey and return to:
Environment Program Manager
Chiefs of Ontario
Fax: (416) 597-8365
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