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Chiefs of Ontario Environmental News

The Environment Department is given direction from the Ontario Chiefs. The department works in the following areas:

Water, Climate change, Species at risk, Contaminants, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property- protecting our "collective knowledge systems," Environmental assessments

In 2007, the Environment Department created a First Nation Species at Risk Toolkit and is developing a First Nation Environmental Assessment Toolkit for First Nation communities.

  • Ontario Regional Chief letter to Minister Duncan

    re: National Assesments of First Nation Water and WasteWater systems

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  • Announcement

    The Environment Sector is pleased to announce that they have successfully secured a $100,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation over 12 months for a collaborative project between the Chiefs of Ontario and Walter Gordon Duncan Foundation.

    The grant is to launch the first phase of a comprehensive three-part training program that will develop the capacity of more than 100 First Nations in Ontario to align Environmental Assessments with the negotiation of Impact and Benefit Agreements.

    The project is proposing to build capacity of First Nation communities in Ontario, through workshops and network development, to ensure the greatest possible Indigenous awareness of environmental management of mining and related activities.

    The lasting impact is that Agreements are negotiated honourably, fairly, and are sustainable, resulting in environmentally responsible economic growth in First Nations communities in Ontario.

    A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit the website at:

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  • Chiefs of Ontario Support Matawa First Nations’ Decision to Withdraw Support for Ring of Fire Development

    Media Release

    NOVEMBER 7, 2011

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO - NOVEMBER 7, 2011 – First Nation leaders from Northern Ontario gathered in Ottawa today, sending a strong message to the Government of Canada about resource development in their territory.

    Matawa First Nations - a group of nine First Nation communities in Northern Ontario have filed a Judicial Review regarding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) failure to implement a Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cliffs Chromite project in the Ring of Fire area. The CEAA has opted for a Comprehensive Study EA with no realistic opportunity for First Nations to participate. The Matawa Chiefs insist that a Comprehensive Study EA will fast track the EA process for government and the resource company, but put First Nation communities at serious risk

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