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OWL–Overview of Water and Land
In the course of the Overview of Water and Land (OWL) process, the OWL Working Group has crafted a statement which captures the Tataskweyak Cree vision for the future. This vision must be pursued if Split Lake Cree people are to regain a sense of independence and control over our own lives.

TCN Vision Statement and Objectives

Keeyask Generating Station Tataskweyak Cree Nation Overview of Water and Lands: Overview Summary June 2002

(in Cree syllabics and english)

OWL summary review document
PDF for download

Resource Management Area & Resource Management Board

Lands Description and the Split Lake Resource Management Area (link)

Article 5 of the 1992 Split Lake Cree Comprehensive Implementation Agreement established the Split Lake Resource Management Area (RMA) covering much of the traditional homeland of the Split Lake Cree. Article 5 also established the Split Lake Resource Management Board (RMB) with equal representation from Manitoba and Split Lake Cree for the purpose of implementing integrated land uses and resource management within the RMA. The RMB is charged with the responsibility of preparing any one or more Basic Planning Statements, a Development Plan and/or other land use plan for the RMA or any part thereof. The RMB is also charged with responsibility to develop and recommend resource management plans for the RMA or any part thereof. The objectives have been forwarded to the Resource Management Board for incorporation in a planning statement.

Photo Albums
Photographs of our land showing the unique terrain and describing soil types, vegetation and landforms found in the Split Lake Resource Management Area. OWL album
Photographs representing our traditional way of living, including fishing and preparing meat. traditional pusuits album
TCN Journal Article on Mercury

Taken from TCN Journal 10-1 February 2010

Mercury In Split Lake And Gull Lake
By: Wilson Scientific and North-South Consultants Inc.

Mercury in water and fish is a health issue that is of concern to TCN. TCN has been part of a Mercury and Human Health Working Group that is looking at mercury in water and fish today (in Split Lake, Gull Lake and Stephens Lake) and also in the future if the Keeyask Project is built. The Working Group hired independent experts – Dr. Laurie Chan of University of Northern BC (a leader in the field of mercury and human health) and Ross Wilson, a board-certified toxicologist from Vancouver, to help determine if mercury is a health concern at current levels in water and fish from these lakes.

Mercury in Water

Dr. Laurie Chan was asked if mercury in water in Split Lake and Gull Lake was a health hazard for drinking, for bathing or for swimming. Dr. Chan indicated that mercury in drinking water is not of concern because the concentrations are so low.

The Canadian Drinking Water Guideline for total mercury is one microgram per litre of water and has been established for the protection of people of all ages and health conditions. Current background concentrations of mercury in the water of the lakes, and those estimated after the Keeyask Project is in operation, are less than can be detected (i.e. less than 0.05 micrograms per litre).

Dr. Chan was also asked if water treatment changed the concern at all and he indicated that it did not. Similarly, he indicated that the very low mercury concentrations in the water were not a concern for swimming and bathing.

Mercury in Fish

Very low levels of mercury are present in all fish in Manitoba. Concentrations of mercury can be higher and of concern in certain types of fish, particularly those that eat other fish and are larger/older because these types of fish usually have higher mercury concentrations in their muscle. Most of this mercury is in the form of methylmercury, the type of mercury that causes health concerns. In Split Lake, mercury concentrations in jackfish and pickerel have been tracked since the early 1970s. They show that levels of mercury have fluctuated greatly between 1970 and 1990. Since 1990, concentrations have decreased somewhat compared to 1970-1990 levels. Nevertheless, particularly for women of child-bearing age, existing safety guidelines should be followed regarding the types of fish to eat and the number of fish meals per week that are safe to eat.
Dr. Chan has pointed out the nutritional benefits of eating fish. The lakes contain many fish that are an excellent source of nutrients and can be consumed without risk to health. Awareness campaigns will continue to educate people that certain fish have acceptable concentrations while other fish should be avoided or consumed less frequently. This will allow TCN to make informed choices on fish consumption and the associated nutritional benefits.

For Gull Lake, 50 km downstream of Split Lake, TCN had concerns about the potential for higher mercury levels after the Keeyask GS reservoir was flooded. This led to TCN negotiating a Healthy Food Fish Program as part of the Adverse Effects Agreement. Under this program, fish from lakes previously unaffected by hydro development would be caught, cleaned and made available free of charge to residents of Split Lake. The program begins in 2013, pending licensing of the Keeyask GS.

 

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