Minister: Jack Park

The Energy, Infrastructure and Resource Management (EIRM) department was created by the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) to address the development and management of energy projects and infrastructure constructed on lands utilized by the Citizens and Harvesters of the Manitoba Métis Community. The amalgamated department also manages the MMF's Resolution 8 engagement and consultation process and lands management fi les as well as the natural resources and conservation portfolios related to harvesting, environmental assessment, Métis monitoring, forestry, mining, migratory birds, commercial fisheries, wetland restoration, fish and fish habitat, environment and climate change.

Developing a Cultural Protocol for the Red River Métis


Enbridge - Line 3 Replacement Project (L3RP)

Line 3, built in the 1960s, is part of the Enbridge crude oil pipeline system known as the Mainline System. The L3RP is the largest project in Enbridge history and replaces 1765 kilometres of existing pipe - from Hardisty, AB to Superior, WI, with the Canadian portion ending in Gretna, MB - with modern materials. Construction on the project is complete across the nine (9) spreads and Line 3 came online in December 2019. With the majority of pipe installed, your Métis Government is now focused on ensuring Enbridge adheres to the Métis-specifi c mitigation and accommodation measures that were agreed to in 2018. The MMF, through a joint venture with MN4CI and Steel River Group, was awarded the contract for decommissioning the current pipeline. The MMF is continuing to work towards a stewardship of the land approach for the operations and maintenance phase of the replacement pipeline. Part of that work includes having Métis Nation monitors out on the project and the MMF is working with both N4 and Enbridge's contractors to ensure that we have Métis Nation "eyes and ears" out on the project, working to ensure appropriate environmental and safety compliance. The MMF is working with Enbridge to revise their Indigenous Operational Engagement plan and their current Indigenous policy to better refl ect the Métis Nation. In addition, the MMF will continue to work with Enbridge and the Canada Energy Regulator to ensure the engagement strategy appropriately considers the needs of the Manitoba Métis Community.

Line 3 - Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC)

Canada's approval of L3RP was subject to 37 binding conditions recommended by the National Energy Board (NEB) in its report, including the establishment of the IAMC to provide ongoing monitoring and engagement throughout the life cycle of the Project. The IAMC was established with two government members, one from Natural Resources Canada and one from the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board or NEB), and 16 Indigenous members from across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba - four of whom are from the Métis Nation (1-MNA, 2-MN-S, 1-MMF). Through the IAMC, Canada provided funding for two Métis monitors (Tayler Fleming and Jade Dewar) from the MMF to accompany CER inspectors during their scheduled inspections of L3RP. These inspections were focused on compliance measures specifi c to environmental and safety conditions along the project right of way. With pandemic restrictions in place, the CER hosted a number of virtual inspections and tabletop exercises to review the compliance activities and verify Enbridge was fulfi lling its obligations. Your Métis Government worked with committee members from MN-S and MNA on issues specifi c to the Métis Nation and will continue to push a Métis-specifi c focus with the committee through various work components. The MMF's representative, Marci Riel, is the Indigenous Co-Chair of the Committee and continued to take a lead role in the IAMC and the various subcommittees to ensure the MMF and the Métis Nation are appropriately represented with a focus on Indigenous monitoring. The MMF took the lead on both the fi lings review process and the Indigenous monitoring to ensure the rights, claims, and interests are respected by the Proponent, its mainline contractors and sub-contractors as well as representatives from Canada and the CER.

Canada Energy Regulator - Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC)

Through the new Canada Energy Regulator Act, the CER is now responsible for federal Crown consultation on projects that fall within their jurisdiction. The Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) fulfi ls a key requirement of the CER Act to establish an advisory committee to enhance the involvement of the Indigenous peoples of Canada and Indigenous organizations in the CER's regulated infrastructure. The IAC serves as part of the overall governance of the CER as its overarching role is to advise the Board of Directors on how the CER can build a renewed relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The IAC plays a key advisory role to the Board on how best to enhance the involvement of Indigenous Nations in respect of the CER regulated infrastructure. The IAC advises on the integration of Indigenous perspectives throughout the lifecycle of projects and assists with the CER's strategy related to integrating Indigenous rights, interests and values into the CER's work and process. The IAC is a committee of nine (9) representatives led by a Chair and vice Chair selected by the IAC. Three (3) IAC Members are directly nominated by national Indigenous organizations: the Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. For reference, the MNC representative at the IAC is Marci Riel.

Impact Assessment Legislation

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) recently transitioned to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) and your Métis Government was approved for funding to participate in consultation and engagement activities on the development of policies and guidance related to the proposed new impact assessment system. Canada has proposed a system that is intended to include: • respect for Indigenous rights, • including mandatory consideration of impacts on rights and Indigenous culture, • Indigenous engagement and partnership early and throughout the process, • mandatory consideration of Indigenous knowledge, • provisions for arrangements with Indigenous groups to exercise powers and duties under the legislation and • aiming to secure free, prior and informed consent through processes based on mutual respect and dialogue The MMF has applied for funding to provide recommendations specific to the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge and will be undertaking that work over the next few months with community consultation meetings to follow.

Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP)

Manitoba Hydro's MMTP includes construction of a 500-kilovolt AC transmission line in southeastern Manitoba and upgrades to the associated stations at Dorsey, Riel, and Glenboro. Construction on the Manitoba Hydro's Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP) is now complete with the transmission line in-service last year. The MMF is currently reviewing Manitoba Hydro's offset management plan to ensure it fully considers the "value" of the land that is being lost due to the size of the ROW. Through this process, the MMF will be working with Manitoba Hydro and other Indigenous Nations to ensure that the land being taken up by the transmission line is provided elsewhere in Manitoba. Flowing from a licensing condition specifi c to this project, the MMF is also undertaking a cultural and terrestrial study on Crown land and the cumulative impacts of transmission projects in southern Manitoba. This study will lead to a protocol between the MMF and Canada specifi c to cultural and heritage resources. Flowing from a licensing condition specifi c to this project, the MMF is also undertaking a cultural and terrestrial study on Crown land and the cumulative impacts of transmission projects in southern Manitoba.

St. Vital Transmission Complex

The project includes construction of two 230-kv transmission lines that will both start at the St. Vital Station and run to either Letellier Station or La Verendrye Station. The project is being built on existing right of way and was designed to enable the Winnipeg network to withstand various severe outages; improve performance during normal operation and promote the reliability of the power system in southern Manitoba. The St. Vital Transmission Complex received a Class 2 development Licence under The Environment Act (Manitoba) on January 30, 2017 and construction began in the summer of 2019.

Birtle Transmission Project

Manitoba Hydro recently built a 230-kV transmission line from the Birtle Station, south of the community of Birtle, to the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Construction on this project ended in December and the line went into service in January 2020. The MMF undertook a Métis Land Use and Occupancy Study to assess the impacts of the Project on the Manitoba Métis Community and will continue to work with Manitoba Hydro to ensure the information is incorporated in the development of their environmental protection program and construction management plans. The Birtle project is among the projects that are the focus of the legal claim against Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro. The MMF continues to push Canada on this project as it crosses a provincial border but was not subject to a federal assessment nor is it regulated by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). Despite these issues, the MMF is working to identify issues that are not, or cannot, be mitigated by Manitoba Hydro in the drafting of their environmental protection and monitoring programs and will continue working with Canada and the federal Regulator to ensure the protection of areas of interest to the Métis Nation.

BP 6/7 and PACE project

Manitoba Hydro is replacing a damaged transmission line near Portage la Prairie (PLP) and is also undertaking some improvements at the PLP station. The MMF recently conducted an analysis of TK information currently available in the data catalogue and will be hosting a community consultation meeting in the coming months to discuss impacts of the construction of the line and the work being done. Manitoba Hydro provided funding for a Métis Community Assessment Specialist, Keith Kowall, who will be connecting directly with Citizens and Harvesters who are likely to be impacted by the work being undertaken by Manitoba Hydro.

Project 6 - All Season Road

Manitoba Infrastructure (MI) is proposing to construct Project 6 - an all-season road linking Manto Sipi Cree Nation, Bunibonibee Cree Nation and God's Lake First Nation. This is currently on hold as Manitoba Infrastructure is required to fi le a revised Environmental Impact Statement in line with the new impact assessment legislation. The MMF will continue to follow up with Canada with regard to next steps.

Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Project

Manitoba Infrastructure (MI) is undertaking the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Project to regulate both lakes during peak flooding season. In addition to the channels, the project includes an access road and a transmission line. Your Métis Government has worked diligently to ensure the appropriate regulatory bodies are aware of the potential impacts of the project and our Community 's concerns are fully considered, mitigated where possible and accommodated where mitigation is not possible. Your Métis Government recently completed a Métis traditional knowledge, land use and occupancy study that appropriately considers the potential impacts of the project on the way in which our Citizens use the land, water, and resources in and around the Project area. Unfortunately, Manitoba refuses to provide the MMF with sufficient funding to meaningfully participate and further, it refuses to recognize the MMF as the Métis Government. This Project is subject to multiple regulatory reviews by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency), Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada, as well as Manitoba's department of Conservation and Climate. The MMF is working with all applicable federal departments to ensure the components of the project that fall under their mandate are prioritized. The Manitoba Métis Community was identified by Canada as one of the Indigenous communities to be most affected by the project and invited the MMF to participate in a Technical Advisory Group where federal and provincial regulators, local governments and impacted indigenous communities met to discuss the Project. The Technical Advisory

Group met only once last year but remains a priority for the MMF. The MMF has undertaken several studies to assess both the impacts of the project on our rights, claims and interests as well as to develop an alternate plan that will ensure the flooding issue is addressed without the long-term impacts of the channel project as proposed by Manitoba. The MMF has hired a number of experts in the fi eld to review the material and recommend a more appropriate plan for construction and to then assess the costs associated with doing so. Your Métis Government has conveyed concerns about the Project as well as the consultation and engagement processes to the appropriate federal and provincial Ministers. The MMF will continue to advocate for appropriate studies to ensure that the path forward fully considers the impact of the project on the rights, claims and interests of our Citizens.

Whiteshell Reactor #1 - Decommissioning Project

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is decommissioning the Pinawa site and is applying for a license from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on their proposed decommissioning plan to bury the reactor in concrete and grout. With funding from the CNSC and CNL, your Métis Government has undertaken a Technical Review of the Project, a community consultation meeting, a consumption survey, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Study (TKLUS) and an assessment of the value components (VCs) used by the Proponent to assess the potential impacts of the Project. Your Métis Government participated in the regulatory hearings for the environmental licensing of both the current reactor and the planned decommissioning of the nuclear reactor. As a result of that intervention, the MMF had a Métis Environmental Monitor on site for a variety of monitoring tasks over the past year including water sampling at the discharge lagoon, environmental monitoring of the lagoon operation, ground water sample collection and garden crop monitoring. The MMF and CNL have partnered on a Métis-specific monitoring program to ensure the MMF has a Métis monitor onsite when water quality and other environmental testing is conducted. The MMF recently participated in the regulatory hearings for the environmental licensing of both the current reactor and the planned decommissioning of the nuclear reactor as well as the hearing specific to the oversight of all CNL operations. The MMF and MN4CI are currently reviewing CNL's procurement and prequalification process to determine the best options for economic development opportunities.

Lynn Lake Gold Mine - Alamos Gold

Alamos Gold Inc. proposed the construction, operation, decommissioning, and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill located near Lynn Lake, Manitoba. The Lynn Lake Gold Project would involve the redevelopment of two historical gold mines (the Gordon site and MacLellan site) and have an ore input capacity of 8,000 tonnes per day over an 11-year period. Components of the project would include new mine infrastructure, open pits, an access road, a central ore milling and processing plant, ore stockpiles and mine rock storage areas, and a tailings management facility. The Project is subject to a federal environmental assessment by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) as the Manitoba Métis Community has been identified by CEAA as being highly affected by the project. The MMF applied for, and was granted, funding to participate in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Assessment (EA) review of the Project and to hold a community consultation meeting in the Thompson Region. The MMF worked closely with representatives from Alamos Gold Inc. to negotiate appropriate funding towards a Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Study, technical review of the Project as well as a community engagement meeting. With the combination of funding provided by Canada for consultation on the project and the funding from Alamos for engagement on the project, the MMF completed and submitted to both Canada and Alamos, a Métis Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Study. They were also fortunate to host a Community Consultation/Validation meeting in Thompson in January 2020 - just prior to the onset of the pandemic.

Efficiency Manitoba

Efficiency Manitoba is one of Manitoba's newest crown corporation devoted to energy conservation. The goal is to make saving energy and reducing energy bills easy, affordable, and satisfying. The department wants to collaborate with our fellow Manitobans, to identify needs and how to fulfill them. With regard to the MMF, Efficiency Manitoba fi led their plan with Public Utility Board and the department continues to review the Plan to determine the best fi t for the Manitoba Métis Community. Efficiency Manitoba and the department are working with LRCC and MMF Housing to refer Métis small businesses to the programming. More details to follow as the program evolves.

Energy Efficiency Offers:

Low Carbon Economy Fund - Energy Retrofits

The MMF applied for funding to renovate MMF Home Office with the intention of reducing our carbon footprint and making the building more energy efficient. The retrofit included the building envelope and windows, a solar wall, the replacement of the boilers and related infrastructure, additional renovations as appropriate such as low fl ush toilets. Work on the building will start as soon as possible and will continue through to the end of the fiscal year. Infrastructure Projects Canada recently provided funding to rural municipalities and smaller communities across Manitoba and the MMF is working with each project team to ensure that Métis Nation rights, claims, and interests are appropriate considered and mitigated through project development, construction, and operation. Projects under this process include road improvements, docks, access trails, drainage systems, and boardwalks. The MMF also worked with the projects teams to develop a process for N4 to participate in the work as appropriate. Additional information on these projects will be made available as it becomes available.

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