UNSI’s Environmental Department is responsible for the following initiatives:
- Assist communities to access funding for environmental-based projects and activities
- Provide housing environmental assessments
- Evaluates off-reserve environment projects (e.g. wind turbine projects, waste management facilities, etc.) that impact First Nation communities
- Contact for communities and individuals with environmental concerns (environmental emergencies, illegal activity reports, etc.)
2007 Potlotek Watershed Source Plan
UNSI facilitated and authored the first watershed plan for a First Nations community in Canada. Potlotek’s watershed area is in close proximity to the highway and there are many community-based activities that occur around the lake. The plan identified these and other threats to the watershed and developed a plan to minimize such threats. The planning process involved extensive community consultation.
Eskasoni Watershed Source Plan
Currently, UNSI is working with Eskasoni First Nation on a watershed source plan. Again, the project involves extensive community consultation as well as stakeholder consultation with UINR, the local planning committee, Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Health Canada and INAC. The plan is anticipated for release in 2011.