Department of Lands and Natural Resources2018-06-12T09:15:54+00:00
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Lands and Natural Resources

Wiikwemkoong A’Ki Miinwaa Enoodewziimgak Genwendgik

(Wikwemikong Department of Lands and Natural Resources) is inherently responsible for all matters related to land management, protection of our waters and natural resources of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and its territories within the Great Lakes.

Mandate

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources will facilitate the development and implementation of a comprehensive approach to lands stewardship by working towards a balanced approach between individual and collective community interests.

Mission

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources will facilitate the development and implementation of a comprehensive approach to lands stewardship by working towards a balanced approach between individual and collective community interests.

Vision

To reclaim our rightful stewardship for the lands, waters, environment and natural resources consistent with the traditional beliefs and practices of the Anishnabek people of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.

DLNR Responsibilities

Over the past 5 years, the department has progressed from its initial responsibility of managing Land Registration under the Indian Act to now encompassing:

  • Land Management affairs
  • Preliminary sketches to obtain quotations for legal surveys
  • Assistance with Estate issues
  • Technical assistance with Capital Projects
  • Land use planning
  • Geographic information system
  • Forest management (On-Reserve)
  • N’Swakamok Forestry Corp. (Off-Reserve)
  • Fisheries project
  • Lands Claims (current Islands Claim)
  • Historical data collection
  • Agricultural revitalization (Gardens, Orchard Project)
  • Shoreline management
  • Species at Risk Project
  • Community engagement activities (Whitefish Festival, Maple Syrup Festival, Youth Ice-Netting, Community Hunt)
    *Economic employment opportunities related to the Natural Resources sector (Forest Resource Inventory, Forest Fire Fighting Contract, Fin Clipping contract)

Land Base

Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve land base is currently comprised of approximately 54,000 hectares.
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve is located on the eastern portion of Manitoulin Island located within Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
Point Grondine is located between the French River Provincial Park and the Killarney Provincial Park. The southern boundary comprises of the northern shoreline of Georgian Bay and Collins Inlet.

DLNR Staff and Contact Numbers:

Lands Director, John Manitowabi                                                705 859-3122 Ext. 309,  wehseeik@yahoo.ca

Lands Technician, Norman Assiniwe                                          705 859-3122 Ext. 309,  norm.assiniwe@gmail.ca

Lands Admin Assistant, Marilyn Lewis                                       705 859-3122 Ext. 297,  marilynlewis@wiky.net

Resources Coordinator, Stitch Andrew Manitowabi               705 859-3122 Ext. 287,  mr.stitchman@gmail.com

Species At Risk Coordinator, Theodore Flamand                   705 859-3122 Ext. 249,  mhiingan2002@yahoo.ca

Forestry Technician, Tim Cooper                                                705 859-3122 Ext. 249,  tim.mikecooper@gmail.com