Join us for the Marten Falls First Nation All-Weather Community Access Road – Public Information Center #3: Environmental Assessment / Impact Statement Introduction
The Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) Community Access Road project team will host the first public information center during the Provincial Environmental Assessment (EA) / Federal Phase of the Impact Statement ( IE) of the project. Join us to learn about EA/Impact Assessment (IA) processes and progress to date. Above all, it is also an opportunity to share your comments, ideas and values regarding the proposed all-weather access road.
About the project
MFFN is a remote Aboriginal community in northern Ontario, located at the junction of the Albany and Ogoki rivers, approximately 170 km northeast of Nakina, Ontario.
MFFN has a winter access road but it is unreliable and makes it difficult to transport goods and people. All-weather road access connecting the MFFN to the existing provincial road network is necessary to improve community well-being. The EA/IA will assess the potential impacts and benefits associated with the proposed community access road.
What is the process
MFFN is preparing an individual EA/EI for the proposed community access road. On October 8, 2021, the Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) approved the Terms of Reference (TOR) with modifications, and the MFFN issued a Notice of Commencement of the EA on October 29 2021. The
The terms of reference serve as the framework for the preparation and review of the EA of the proposed project, and the project is now in the EA phase of the provincial process. The Federal Government issued a Notice of Commencement of the IA on February 24, 2020 and the project is now in the impact assessment phase. This is the first public information center organized after the approval of the terms of reference to support the EE processes; both EA and IA.
About the Public Information Center
Join us to learn more and give your opinion on:
- The history and updates of the community access road since the terms of reference and the last virtual meetings;
- Aboriginal and treaty rights and interests;
- The EA/IA Indigenous Knowledge Program and the Community Coordinators Program;
- EA processes, study areas and timelines, including project phases and milestones;
- Consultation and engagement approach;
- How do we assess impacts and compare route alternatives? and
- Preliminary results of field studies and information on future field studies.
Information panels will be available for review, along with maps, fact sheets, including information on Indigenous Knowledge and Community Coordination programs, and feedback forms. Project team members will be available to answer questions and receive feedback.
If you cannot attend the session in person, you can find the information posted on our website. Public information centers are wheelchair accessible; contact us if you require additional accessibility accommodations.
When and where?
Monday, June 27, 2022
Hotel Victoria Inn and
Bedroom: Regency A
555 Arthur Street West
Thunder Bay, Ontario
5:00 p.m.* – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Geraldton Community Center
200 Wardrope Avenue
4:00 p.m.* – 7:00 p.m.
*Indigenous community members are welcome to join the first hour of each meeting and the public is welcome to join from the following hour. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information on the EA/EI process and progress related to this project, please visit https://www.martenfallsaccessroad.ca.
If you are unable to attend the event, or have comments or questions regarding the project, you may contact the project team anytime during the process at 1-800-764-9114 or [email protected] .that.
Thank you for your participation. Personal information submitted (e.g. name, address and telephone number) is collected, retained and disclosed under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. privacy for purposes of transparency and consultation. The personal information you submit will become part of a public record accessible to the general public, unless you request that your personal information be kept confidential.