PINTER & Associates Ltd (PINTER) has over eighteen years of experience working with First Nations and in northern communities throughout Saskatchewan and Western Canada on environmental, water, wastewater, geotechnical, community development and safety related projects. We provide engineering consulting services to First Nations Communities, Business Development Corporations, and Indigenous Owned Enterprise. PINTER's experience extends to development and management of First Nations safety programs and projects and in particular Emergency Response Plans for First Nations fuel stations.
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We were honored in 2015 to receive National and Provincial consulting engineering awards for our work with communities through the FNLM Regime over the past 16 years.
We take pride in working with First Nation communities to find solutions that enhance Reserve lands, protect the environment, build internal capacity, promote economic development opportunities and allow Nations to exercise their inherent sovereignty.
PINTER specializes in working with First Nations signed onto the Framework Agreement and Operational Nations under the First Nation Land Management (FNLM) Regime. PINTER has specific experience in the development of FNLM Regime policy, Environmental Management and Protection Programs, and providing technical assistance for development of First Nation Environmental Laws.
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1. What is the First Nation Land Management (FNLM) Regime and how does it relate to First Nation Land Management?
The FNLM Regime operates under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, which was ratified by Canada in 1999. The main goals of the FNLM Regime are to facilitate the creation of a streamlined and enhanced economic development climate on Reserve lands while maintaining a high level of environmental protection and stewardship. Under the FNLM Regime, member Nations, opt out of the 34 land provisions of the Indian Act, and under Nation specific Land Codes are able to manage, protect and exercise their inherent sovereignty over their lands and natural resources.
2. What is an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and why do they need to be completed on First Nation Lands?
An Environmental Site Assessment is a process undertaken by qualified individuals to determine potential (or actual) presence and concentration of hazardous contaminants at a chosen site location or property on or in the land, water or air. There are three stages of ESA that are typically undertaken:
ESAs are most commonly completed as part of property transactions to ensure that liability related to potential contamination of sites is identified and allocated appropriately. ESAs are also completed on entire reserves as part of the transition into FNLM Regime.
3. What are typical areas of concern that are inspected and assessed during Reserve Wide Phase I ESA? And what types of contaminants are present at thes locations?
Typical areas of concern that may contain contaminants or may be contaminating the surrounding land include:
4. What is the purpose and the components of an Environmental Management and Protection Plan (EMPP) and an Environmental Law Regime under the FNLM Regime?
An EMPP is a comprehensive framework that combines existing and new environmental policy, community development and land use plans, bylaws and traditional practices and teachings to ensure the protection of people, land and resources. The EMPP contains associated guidance documents, which together with the plan and the enacted Environmental Law Regime, provide direction for a First Nation, the community at large, interested businesses and outside governments regarding:
5. What are First Nation Land Use Plans and Community Environmental Sustainability Plans (CESP) and how do they benefit a community? Is there funding available for development of these plans?
A Land Use Plan or Community Development Plan is meant to provide guidance and direction for a community to best manage challenges of growth and development on Reserve lands. A Land Use Plan may address several areas including:
A Community Environmental Sustainability Plan (CESP) is a document that outlines a systematic approach regarding environmental issues of concern that may affect Reserve lands and how to identify and resolve these environmental issues. A CESP helps First Nations to manage their environmental responsibilities, lessen the impact of current issues and helps in the strategic planning process to best protect people, lands and resources.