Re: Webequie Supply Road Project and Marten Falls Access Road, Comments on the draft Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines and draft Indigenous Engagement Plan.
Comments to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada from Kerrie Blaise, Northern Services Counsel, CELA on behalf of the Friends of the Attawapiskat River.
“The Friends of the Attawapiskat River (the “Friends”), represented by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (“CELA”), welcome this opportunity to provide comments and recommendations to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s (the “Agency”) on its draf Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines (“Guidelines”) and draft Indigenous Engagement Plan for the Webequie Supply Road and Marten Falls Community Access Road. Unless otherwise specified, this submission applies to the impact assessments (IAs) for both road projects.
In making these submissions to the Agency, the Friends note they are not speaking on behalf of any of the communities or its leadership where its members are based (Neskantaga, Peawanuck, Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nations), but rather sharing the views, concerns and messages heard during a series of in-community discussions and workshops held during January 2020. Furthermore, our comments do not constitute consultation in any way, nor discharge the Crown’s duty to consult per section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.”
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