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Lands, Resources and Environment

The role of the Lands, Resource and Environment Department (LRE) is to manage the land and resources both on-reserve and within the traditional territory. The department works with different industry sectors including: forestry, mining, power development and other resource development projects.

The LRE overseas on-reserve land allocations for residential and recreational lots and assists with identifying areas for future development.

Lands, Resources and Environment Department Mandate

Whereas the lands, waters, air, fire, plants, forests, wildlife, fish, minerals and other resources and the Sagamok Anishnawbek peoples were created and placed together in the area that the Sagamok Anishnawbek inhabit and use and the laws were established to ensure a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship; and
Whereas such is reflected in the Sagamok Anishnawbek understanding of the Robinson-Huron Treaty, 1850; and
Whereas the Sagamok Anishnawbek did not relinquish any of their rights and responsibilities in relation to our lands by entering into the Robinson-Huron Treaty.
Therefore, the Sagamok Anishnawbek Lands, Resources and Environment Unit shall provide coordination, monitoring, planning and support to ensure that Sagamok Anishnawbek interests, rights and responsibilities to G’daa Kiim-non, both on Sagamok reserve lands and off-reserve traditional territories, are upheld in accordance with our traditions, values and with respect to our future generations.
Current Projects

Lands Rights Research Project (LRRP)

The LRRP is an initiative involving consultation with experts in the fields of law, history, mapping and traditional ecological knowledge. Utilizing the best of both modern research practices and traditional knowledge we seek to provide better understanding of the legitimacy of Sagamok’s role as steward within our traditional territories and the preservation of its historical and cultural legacy.

Land Code Development

The LRE and G’daa Kiim-non have developed a proposed Land Code for Sagamok Anishnawbek. The LRE is coordinating and conducting community consultation sessions with the goal of having the proposed Land Code passed as law.
Land Use Plan
The LRE are in the early stages of developing a Land Use Plan. This plan will assist with identifying areas for future development for subdivisions, parks and green space as well as commercial and industrial sites.
Land Stewardship and Outreach
Fish Stocking Program
The LRE has a micro-hatchery and have been collecting and cultivating fish eggs for the purpose of stocking inland lakes. The micro-hatchery is a cost effective alternative to the rearing pond that once operated in Sagamok Anishnawbek.
Bat Monitoring Program
In 2016 the LRE had erected bat boxes throughout Sagamok Anishnawbek. A monitoring program is currently being developed and will be implemented to determine what bat species are present and provide outreach to the community on the importance this species at risk.
Species At Risk Inventory
The LRE will continue to provide the community with outreach on species at risk and have been developing programs to collect data on different species that may be found in Sagamok Anishnawbek. Once a species is confirmed, then applicable protection measures can be put in place.
Environmental Monitoring
The LRE monitors development projects in Sagamok Anishnawbek in order to protect mother earth from potential negative effects and to protect species at risk. The LRE monitors the phosphorous levels in LaCloche Lake and conducts various water sampling projects in the territory.
Annual Events
Earth Week
Each year this event is held in May to promote land stewardship to the community and offer different outreach programs. An annual roadside garbage clean-up is organized during Earth Week.
Fall Harvest Gathering
The LRE organizes and implements this annual event. This event is located approximately 7km from Ritchie Falls Resort. The purpose of Fall Harvest is to enhance community knowledge and implement culturally significant activities. Some of these activities include hunting and the gathering of plants for both food and medicine.
G’daa Kiim-non Committee

The committee was established to support the Lands, Resources and Environment with providing sound recommendations to Chief and Council on lands and resources matters.

G’daa Kiim-non Mandate
The G’daa Kiim-non Committee shall direct and support the development and implementation of a strategic, coordinated and culturally appropriate approach to the Lands, Resources and Environment Unit and the G’daa Kiim-non Lands Stewardship Strategy in a manner that is consistent with Sagamok’s Community Healing and Development Ten Year Action Plan. The G’daa Kiim-non Committee reports and makes recommendations to Chief and Council.
G’daa Kiim-non Committee Members
Ken Toulouse, Chair                             Edward Southwind
Harvey Trudeau                                   Linda Toulouse
Elaine Jones                                        Kim Toulouse
Victor Francis                                      Gavin Wright-Trudeau

Contact Us

Give us a call Monday through Friday at (705) 865-1134.  

You can always stop by and see us!  
LRE offices are located in the Z’gamok Enterprises Inc. building at 89 River Road.  

Ross Assinewe, Director of Lands, Resources and Environmentext. 229

Tracy Toulouse, Lands & Resources Coordinator/EA, ext. 239

Tammy Tremblay, Environmental Officer, ext. 233

Mitchell Eshkakogan, Natural Resources/GIS Technician, ext. 232

Allen Toulouse, Historical Researcher, ext. 238