Steering Committee Meets in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
In November 2016, the LWIC steering committee, consisting of six First Nations from around Lake Winnipeg, met to discuss funding options and establish project plans for the upcoming year. The steering committee toured the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental value of wetlands and the traditional medicines they provide. At this meeting, the steering committee learned about the federal environmental regulatory review process and were provided a presentation overviewing the key environmental legislations in Canada. From this meeting, the LWIC steering committee initiated an action to submit two parliamentary briefs for the federal environmental regulatory review for the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act. From this gathering, it was also established that LWIC would embark on a project identifying and documenting traditional knowledge related to impacts on fish and fish habitat, one of the most important activities in many First Nations around Lake Winnipeg for cultural, ceremonial, recreational, and economic purposes.