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OFNTSC Southern Tribal Council, Large & Unaffiliated First Nations Meeting, Oct. 24-25, 2012. Environment Unit Update. Stephanie Allen & Deneen Brigham, Environmental Scientists. Environment Program Mandate.

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environment program mandate
Environment Program Mandate

OFNTSC will work closely with its clients in providing a wide range of Environmental advisory services to support the increasing demand to build technical capacity and a sustainable environment


Tribal Councils

Large First Nations

Unaffiliated First Nations including OFNTSC staff directly serving these FNs


Support to various committees e.g. COO, NOFNEC

OFNTSC Board & Management e.g. briefing notes, proposals

environment program services
Environment Program Services

Types of Services:

  • Advisory – provision of information such as generic TOR, BMPs, guidance material, AANDC process, forms, policy & legislation, funding
  • Technical – scientific / technical project reviews, support to project committees
  • Training – dependent on client needs and available funding
  • Special Projects – based on need, time, and funding availability
environment program
Environment Program
  • Managed by Brian Staats, Operations Manager
  • 2 Environmental Scientists

Stephanie Allen

    • Toronto office
    • Directly serves southern region First Nations & Tribal Councils

Deneen Brigham

    • Thunder Bay office
    • Directly serves northern region First Nations & Tribal Councils
  • Environment Intern: Trevor Wells

Solid Waste Management & Diversion

Environmental Assessment

Spills & Environmental Emergencies

Water Quality & Source Water Protection

Contaminated Site Assessment & Remediation

Community Sustainability & Planning

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Environmental Education and Awareness

Environmental Legislation & Regulations

Environment Funding Opportunities

solid waste management
Solid Waste Management

New & Noteworthy

  • Waste Diversion Opportunities: ongoing advisory services and assistance related to Blue Box, Waste Electronics, Tires, and Household Hazardous Wastes
  • OFNTSC First Nations Landfill Operations & Maintenance and Waste Diversion Training 2-day Course
  • Completed the Sudbury Area FNs Recycling Evaluation Project and associated professional waste audit. 21 First Nations participated in this project.
  • Next steps: 4-season waste audit

Solid Waste Management Planning

Source Reduction & Diversion including waste auditing

Landfill Operations & Maintenance Best Practices

Siting Studies

Bird Hazard Studies

Capital Project Planning

Special Wastes

Legislation & Policy


first nations natural attenuation landfill operations maintenance course
First Nations Natural Attenuation Landfill Operations & Maintenance Course
  • 2-day course developed by OFNTSC with the assistance of Stantec and through generous funding from AANDC
  • Designed for FNs Public Works and Landfill Managers
  • Participants develop a Landfill Operations & Maintenance Manual for their site during the course
  • 3 offerings to date: Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Rama FN
  • Course being planned for this FY,
  • funding dependent
environmental assessment
Environmental Assessment

New & Noteworthy

  • CEAA 2012 eliminates most environmental assessments for on-reserve capital projects however provision in the Act requires AANDC to continue to ensure environmental protection of federal and reserve lands
  • New AANDC environmental assessment process and forms
  • OFNTSC ongoing provision of advisory and technical assistance in relation to environmental assessments for on-reserve capital infrastructure projects

CEAA triggers & process

AANDC forms and approvals process

Federal and Regulatory Authorities

Harmonization with provincial EA processes

Project Descriptions and Scoping

Alternatives & Mitigation

Determining Significance

Legislation & Policy

Proponent prepares Project Description Form (PD) as early as possible


Proponent Responsibility

AANDC reviews PD , determines level of Environmental Review Required.

AANDC Responsibility

Available Tool E.g. Form)

Designated Project – Outside AANDC’s role

Project on AANDC Minor Project List

Simple Environmental Review

Detailed Environmental Review

CEAA 2012 Designated Projects List

EA overseen by Agency /NEB/CNSC

AANDC completes last page of PD and provides advice on any Environmental Best Practices

Proponent prepares Environmental Review report in accordance with the Terms of Reference / Detailed Environmental Review Template and submits to AANDC

Proponent completes a Simple Environmental Review form

AANDC reviews report and proposed mitigation

Proponent provides Environmental Compliance form t o AANDC as part of completion documentation

Environmental Best Practices , mitigation measures incorporated into permits, leases, funding agreements

Project cannot proceed


Refer to Governor in Council to determine if effects are justified

Report is approved.

Project may proceed

Are significant adverse environmental effects likely?




source water protection water quality
Source Water Protection & Water Quality

New & Noteworthy

  • Well Aware for First Nations Project has wrapped up. The project involved development of a First Nations specific booklet and fact sheets
  • First Nations Dedicated Children’s Water Festival Trailer plus a second trailer has been provided a home in Dryden – mini Children’s Water Festival held at OFNTSC Water Symposium
  • Source Protection Planning Toolkit Project – in development, currently looking for funding
  • Source Water Protection Planning

Workshops – NOFNEC, upcoming HC mtg

Source Protection Planning

Individual Household Wells

Water Quality Standards/Objectives

Legislation & Policy


contaminated site assessment and remediation
Contaminated Site Assessment and Remediation

Typical services provided:

  • advisory and technical assistance on remediation projects, and contaminated site assessments including Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Processes;
  • assistance with developing TOR for retaining professional project managers and consultants to complete assessment and remediation work

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments

Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessments

Human Health Risk Assessment

Ecological Risk Assessment

Remediation and Risk Management

Innovative Remediation Technologies

Legislation & Policy


fuel storage tank systems spills environmental emergency response
Fuel Storage Tank Systems, Spills & Environmental Emergency Response

New & Noteworthy

  • Ongoing support in response to First Nations’ fuel tank spills and clean-up projects
  • Currently developing a Small Tank Project to provide First Nations with a Guide and training
  • AANDC Phase 2 Fuel Tank Assessment Project: work was completed, currently individual projects are advancing

Capital Project Planning

Operation & Maintenance Codes of Practice

Emergency Response Planning

Legislation & Regulations


other areas of activity
Other Areas of Activity
  • Advisory services related to:
    • Environmental Legislation & Regulation
    • Energy Efficiency & Conservation
    • Community Sustainability Planning
  • Funding Opportunities and other environment updates regularly posted to OFNTSC Forum
  • Environmental Education and Awareness: workshops and presentations
ofntsc environment contacts

Stephanie Allen

Environmental Scientist


111 Peter St., Suite 606

Toronto, ON

M5V 2H1

Tel. (416) 651-1443 ext. 243

[email protected]

Deneen Brigham

Environmental Scientist


200 South Syndicate Ave.

Thunder Bay, ON

P7E 1C9

Tel. (807) 623-9595

[email protected]