Client: Shawanaga First Nation
Project Description: MTO Environmental Screening Report Review

Time Line: May 2011 to Present
Project Manager: Stephen Burnett

Client Category: First Nation
Service Category: Environmental Services

The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to extend Highway 69 from 2 lanes to 4 from Parry Sound through to Sudbury. Shawanaga First Nation reservation land and traditional lands will be directly impacted, as the existing highway goes through the land and decommissions one of the community’s main groundwater sources and crosses the Shawanaga River. SBA limited has worked very closely with Shawanaga First Nation to review a Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) draft screening report that was created by the Ministry of Transportation to provide the environmental implications of the Highway 69 Four-Laning Extension construction project.

Our review focused on specific environmental processes and cultural concerns and how they pertain to the protection of the Shawanaga First Nation community. Our comments and feedback indicated where the Ministry of Transportation CEAA document my need further consideration as it concerns Shawanaga First Nation. It is important to SBA that the highway extension project does not have a negative effect on the environment or the cultural heritage of the Shawanaga community.

Our review found that there was very little clarification on how the Highway extension project was going to directly impact the water body (the Shawanaga River) and the vegetation within the Shawanaga First Nation community. SBA prepared documentation outlining the comments and concerns that the Ministry of Transportation needs to address in benefiting the environmental and cultural concerns of the Shawanaga First Nation community.

“Our review focused on specific environmental processes and cultural concerns. It is important to SBA that the highway extension project does not have a negative effect on the environment or on the cultural heritage of the Shawanaga community.”