Environment Department

Sharilyn Johnston
Environment Coordinator

Aamjiwnaang First Nation Administration Office
978 Tashmoo Ave.
Sarnia, ON  N7T 7H5
Phone:  519-336-8410 Ext. 245
Fax:  519-336-0382

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/aamjiwnaangenvironment

Monthly Newsletter: Environment Newsletter

Air Monitoring Reports – See the reports and data from the air monitoring station.

Earth Day – April 21, 2018

Environment Committee

The Environment Department organizes meetings for the Environment Committee. The Environment Committee meets every first and third Tuesday at the Maawn Doosh Gumig, often following the Chief and Council regularly scheduled meetings. If you have an environmental issue that you would like to raise please talk to one of the Environment Committee members or any of the Environment Department Staff. The committee’s term is 2 years and members are chosen by Chief and Council.

Environment Committee Members

Errnol Gray, Councillor
Marina Plain, Councillor
Bev Fisher, Band Member
Ralph Nahmabin, Band Member
(vacant), Band Member
Sharilyn Johnston, Environment Coordinator

Project Review Process

There are several ongoing projects as-well-as new projects starting every week. When a company wants to build something new, install something, change a piece of equipment, change the current layout of the land within our defined traditional territory, they must inform Aamjiwnaang First Nation about their plan.

For each submission, a project summary is created for review by the Environment Committee.  The committee will decide whether or not any projects need further investigation or if they will have an impact on our First Nation.

The Environment Committee will then make a recommendations to Chief and Council regarding the type of engagement needed from the company whether it be Community information sessions or open houses on the project.

Capacity funding is also requested to ensure full and meaningful involvement. It is a formalized agreement with the company that the company will cover any additional testing or cost associated with reviewing the impacts of the project. This often includes a third party review of the proposed work and allows Chief and Council and the Environment Committee time to review the project and for community information sessions.  See related documents on the Consultation Process the Consultation Flow Chart and the Aamjiwnaang Consultation Protocol.

The Department also hosts a Chief and Council seminar quarterly to update Chief and Council on all the projects the department is working on.

Some Current Projects:

  • Clean Harbors Environmental Assessment
  • Traditional Land Use Study
  • St. Clair Area of Concern Beneficial Use Impairments Delisting
  • Sediment Management Options
  • Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annexes
  • Suncor Benzene Remediation
  • 419 Air Standard Regulation External working Group
  • Nova 2020 Expansion Project
  • Greenhouse and Native Plant Nursery
  • Species at Risk Assessments

Community Outreach and Education

Several events are held throughout the year such as:

Aamjiwnaang Environment Presents InterConnectedness to the Environment – November 12, 2015

Envirofest – Envirofest was held on July 15th.  It consisted of several information booths in the afternoon followed by a Community Potluck in the evening.

Planting a turtle garden with Summer Students and Daycare children helping.

Turtle Garden

Turtle Garden

Reptiles at risk workshop – showing the many species that are important to the area and why they need our help in protecting them. The workshop informed the children and community of their importance in nature and why we need them.

Greenhouse and Native Plant Nursery

On September 16, 2015 the Environment Committee along with Aamjiwnaang Chief and Council, and Environment Staff and fellow Community Members participated in a Grand Opening Ceremony of the Maajiigin Gumig (Aamjiwnaang’s Greenhouse).  The Green House is 54 x 34 it sits just outside of the Maawn Doosh Gumig parking lot.  Maajiigin Gumig is a native plant greenhouse focusing on growing native plants for the Aamjiwnaang community and surrounding Sarnia-Lambton Area.

Some initiatives of the green house will be Native plant rescue and restoration, seed collection and cleaning, native plant propagation, multi-generation teaching and learning, ecology stewardship education, and reconnecting with the Earth. The greenhouse will also be a gathering place for learning how to help native plants thrive once planted. There will be upcoming workshops coming in 2016 to learn how to take care of native plants, as well as what to plant where, and purposes for traditional medicinal plants. A full time greenhouse caretaker job posting is being created and further details will be posted in an upcoming Tribe Une.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Environment Staff at the Band Office 519-336-8410.

Greenhouse Grand Opening

Greenhouse Grand Opening