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Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) is developing its own environmental review panel to vet community projects that would work in conjunction with the current provincial and federal environmental review processes.
Chief Isadore Day came up with the idea after the community expressed concern that there are no regulations in place for closed-cage aquaculture sites as they relate to First Nations territories.
The community signed a memorandum of understanding with AgriMarine Holdings in 2011 to undertake a prefeasibility study on a closed-cage aquaculture project on the First Nation.
Comprised of community members who will be appointed and trained as commissioners, the panel will invite provincial and federal representatives to the table to join the conversation. Funding has already been granted to the project. Continue Reading →