The MNO engages with proponents and government agencies on a wide range of proposed and ongoing projects and initiatives throughout traditional territories. The overview below provides highlights some of the MNO’s activities related to Lands, Resources, and Consultations.

MNO Community-Based Water Quality Monitoring Program

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Monitor Michael Smith (background) and LRC employee Hope Hill (foreground) participate in the first sampling day of the MNO water quality monitoring program in South Bruce.

The MNO has received funding from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada to support the development of a Métis Guardians environmental monitoring program. Métis people have a close connection to the landscape and its ecosystems. Métis communities rely on the land and waters for food, medicine, spiritual fulfillment, and livelihood. The health of the lands and waters will always be integral to the wellbeing of the Métis. The Lands, Resources and Consultations (LRC) Branch is pleased to announce the MNO community-based water quality monitoring pilot program. The program will monitor the effects of climate change and pollution on important waterbodies across the MNO. During the Summer of 2021, over fifty citizens from across the MNO were trained in water quality monitoring techniques to monitor parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity and more. Métis Guardians will sample waterbodies under Spring, Summer, and Fall conditions annually. The first round of field sampling days will take place in the Fall of 2021.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Terms of Reference

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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jason Cameron and MNO President Margaret Froh at the signing.

On December 17, 2019 the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the MNO signed a Terms of Reference to provide a forum through which we can collaborate and address areas of interest or concern raised by the MNO regarding CNSC regulated facilities and activities within the MNO’s regions and traditional territories. CNSC Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jason Cameron and MNO President Margaret Froh signed the Terms of Reference on December 17, 2019 at the Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Hardrock Gold Mine Project 

Greenstone Gold Mines GP Inc. (GGM) a joint venture partnership between Centerra Gold Inc. and Premier Gold Mines Ltd. is planning the construction, operation, decommissioning, and closure of an open pit gold mine and associated ancillary activities collectively known as the Hardrock Gold Mine Project (the “Project”). The Project is located in the Municipality of Greenstone, Ontario, in the Ward of Geraldton, at the intersection of Highway 11 and Michael Power Boulevard. The Project is situated within a historical mine site for which GGM acquired the mining claim in December 2008. The property is a brownfield site that was actively mined from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and in later years was known as the MacLeod-Mosher Complex.

Nuclear Waste Management Organization: Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel

For more information about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and the partnership between the NWMO and the MNO please click here for more information

Updated: May 2, 2022