Copies of the Consultation Protocol and the Minago Project Environmental Impact Statement Review by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources are available upon request to members only.

How Can I Participate?

Your input is essential to the Consultation process. Manitoba has the duty to consult. The NHCN membership and governing leaders, with the assistance of the Consultation Team, are equally obligated to assess the Rights and Interests of NHCN that may be affected by the Minago Project and the potential accommodation measures that could be adopted.

There are a number of ways to participate and directly affect the outcome of this Consultation.

Public (Members Only) Meetings

A number of public meetings are planned however schedule changes may occur and additional meetings may be added as part of the Consultation process.

Please review this page often for updates.

Consultation Process
April 19, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Multiplex
Norway House, MB

Information will be provided on the Consultation Process, Mining in Manitoba, the Environmental Assessment process, and the Minago Project. Presentations will be made by Manitoba and the NHCN Consultation Team. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions following each presentation.

Victory Nickel's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
April 21, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Multiplex
Norway House, MB

A preliminary overview of the Minago Project EIS will be provided by Victory Nickel. Following this presentation, the EIS Review prepared by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources at the request of NHCN Chief and Council will be presented. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions following each presentation.

Winnipeg Open House – 2 Days

May 15, 2011
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 16, 2011
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Quest Inn
367 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

NHCN members who are living off-reserve or are away temporarily are invited to drop by and meet the NHCN Consultation Team, get updated on the status of the Consultation process and to share comments and concerns about the proposed Minago Project.

Winnipeg Consultation Meeting
May 17, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Marlborough Hotel
331 Smith Street
Winnipeg, MB

NHCN members who are living off-reserve or are away temporarily are invited to hear the presentations from Manitoba, Victory Nickel and the NHCN Consultation Team. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions following each presentation.

Victory Nickel's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
May 24, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Multiplex
Norway House, MB

Victory Nickel will provide a clear (plain language) and concise overview of the Minago Project EIS. Following this, attendees will break into small groups to participate in 'poster sessions' facilitated by VN technical representatives. These poster sessions will run concurrently and are categorized into topic areas based on the EIS – water quality, surface and groundwater, fish, wildlife, site infrastructure and socioeconomic considerations. Questions and answers from each of the poster sessions will be recorded and presented to the group as a whole towards the end of the meeting.

Panel Review of Victory Nickel's Environmental Impact Statement
May 25, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Multiplex
Norway House, MB

NHCN members will have the opportunity to question and further assess Victory Nickel's EIS with the assistance of a panel of representatives from Victory Nickel, Manitoba's Technical Advisory Committee and the NHCN Consultation Technical Team.

Accommodation Measures
July 19, 2011

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Multiplex, Ice Level
Norway House, MB

This 5th public meeting is the final one before Manitoba prepares their Consultation Report which will outline proposed accommodation measures addressing the concerns identified by both NHCN and Manitoba related to potential adverse effects on the exercise of our Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. The Consultation Report will be presented at the 6th public meeting, date tba.

Presentations will include NHCN's and Manitoba's position on the potential adverse effects of the proposed Minago Project, an overview of 'Accommodation', and Manitoba's position on proposed accommodation measures to accommodate NHCN Rights and Interests.

Accommodation measures are defined in the Consultation Protocol as "a means by which to address potential adverse effects of the mine development on the exercise of Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of NHCN or its members that are identified during the consultation process by attempting to substantially address, minimize or resolve the potential adverse effect(s) and concerns about potential adverse effects identified in the consultation process."

Examples of accommodation measures include but are not limited to:

  • Modification of the original Minago Project plan
  • Profit-sharing with NHCN
  • Compensation of NHCN
  • Provision for ongoing collaboration and / or giving NHCN a continued role in decision-making

Manitoba's Presentation of the Consultation Report
Date TBA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Multiplex
Norway House, MB

Agenda TBA

Small Group Workshops

Community based small group workshops are planned for resource users, fishers, trappers, and hunters.

Please contact Loretta Mowatt, the Consultation Lead Coordinator, at 359-4753 for more information and / or if you would like to participate in one or more of these workshops.

Facebook

NHCN members are encouraged to participate online.

Visit the site, "Norway House Cree Nation Minago Project Consultation" and get instant updates on planned meetings under 'events', post questions or comments on the 'wall', or contribute to topical 'discussions'.

Spread the word to your NHCN friends, family and colleagues.

Contact Us

Although NHCN members are strongly encouraged to attend the public meetings, if you are unable to attend, please ask for a copy of presentation materials distributed.

NHCN members are also encouraged to visit the Keenanow Trust office in Norway House and ask to see the documents contained in the Registry. The Registry is a record of information exchanges between NHCN and Manitoba and includes correspondence, summaries of Consultation Group meetings and other related documents.

Please contact Loretta Mowatt if you have questions, concerns or comments about the Minago Project Consultation - by phone at 359-4753, by fax at 359-4744 or by email at ema@nhcn.ca.

Your input matters!