News News StoriesenActionHousingElders Care CenterGovernment and Industry RelationsGroup of CompaniesMembersEnvironmentThe Canadian PressNorthern JournalArchivesSun, 25 Nov 2012 01:00:51 +0000Call for Community Support in Litigation Against PLAR<p><img alt="" height="2048" src="/media/uploads/plar.jpg" width="2048"></p> <p>Mikisew Cree is preparing for litigation regarding the Public Land Administration Regulation (PLAR), and we are now in the evidence gathering stage. Some surveys have already been completed, and now legal is going to get further information by conducting a series of interviews with people making use of public crown land (outside Wood Buffalo National Park). The main participants thus far have been in the Fort McMurray area, and we are currently trying to find out other people in Fort Chipewyan who may also qualify to participate.</p> <p>PLAR includes a number of restrictions on land use, all of which impair First Nations people from executing their Treaty Rights:</p> <ul> <li>Individuals are now required to obtain an access permit from <em>Sustainable Resource Development </em>(SRD) to go out on the land for more than 14 consecutive days for the purposes of hunting, fishing, gathering and camping, even when these activities are protected as Treaty or Aboriginal rights—the permit has to be renewed every 14 days</li> <li>Permits are also required for “events”, which is defined in such a way to include cultural, spiritual or harvesting activities that are done collectively</li> <li>Wheeled or tracked conveyances, such as ATVs, are not permitted on the shores of any waterways, even if they are being used in order to facilitate the exercise of Treaty or Aboriginal rights</li> <li>SRD is now able to set “disturbance standards” on lands, which could further restrict the exercise of Treaty or Aboriginal rights</li> <li>Authorizations are required for the construction or occupation of cabins</li> <li>A number of restrictions apply in public land use zones and public land recreation areas, including in relation to firearms, fires, vehicle use, camping, dressing game and removal of firewood</li> <li>Some areas of Crown land will be closed entirely under PLAR. The Crown says those closers will apply to First Nation land users exercising Treaty rights, just as the closures apply to all Albertans.</li> </ul> <p>There is no honoraria available for volunteers, but travel expenses will be covered by Mikisew Cree Government and Industry Relations. To get on board with Mikisew Cree's litigation against PLAR, please contact Jocelyn Marten at (780) 697-3747 or email</p>Sebastien FeketeSun, 25 Nov 2012 01:00:51 +0000 and Industry RelationsAnnouncing Shell Contribution to MCFN&#39;s Elder Care Centre<p><img alt="" height="1297" src="/media/uploads/rect11295.png" width="2048"></p> <p>Chief Steve Courtoreille and the MCFN Council are very pleased to announce that Shell has allocated $500,000 to the First Nation for the Elders Care Centre. The funds, which are being flowed to the First Nation through Shell's Social Investment program and will be applied to the costs of the construction of this facility. The First Nation, is also eligible to apply for further assistance in 2013 and 2014 in this regard.</p> <p>Chief Steve Courtoreille and Council wish to thank Shell for their generous contribution towards the well-being of all of our Elders in Fort Chipewyan.</p>Trish Merrithew-MercrediFri, 23 Nov 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Care CenterGovernment and Industry RelationsMikisew Government and Industry Relations (GIR) and Group of Companies (MGOC) Roadshow<p>Find out what's new and exciting in business and relations. Community Road Show Meetings take place from 3pm to 9pm at these dates and locations, dinner at 5:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>November 19</strong> Fort McMurray, Stonebridge Hotel<br><strong>November 20</strong> Edmonton, Chateau Nova Hotel<br><strong>November 22</strong> High Level, Stardust Hotel<br><strong>November 23</strong> Fort Smith, Pelican Rapids</p> </blockquote> <p>The Fort Chipewyan meeting will take place at the Community School from 12pm to 5pm on November 24. See you there!</p>Mikisew CommunicationsThu, 08 Nov 2012 16:47:13 +0000 and Industry RelationsGroup of Companies