Lands & Resources Department
The Lands and Resources Department of the Garden River First Nation has a fiduciary obligation to its Citizens and Leadership to manage the lands and natural resources within the Garden River First Nation and its Traditional Territories.
The Garden River First Nation is currently under the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) land management regime and is funded by ISC.
The five key functions of the RLEMP are:
- Community-based land use planning
- Lands Management
- Natural Resources Management
- Environmental Management
- Compliance Management (promotion, monitoring & enforcement)
- In Chief and Council’s 2018-2019 Strategic Plan they identified six key themes that had major and recurring impacts on the direction of council. These included: Human resources; Lands & the Environment; Hwy 17 by-pass construction; Financial management; Community engagement; and the Bingo Hall and Golf Course economic development initiatives
- As a result, the Garden River First Nations Lands & Resources Department was formally established in 2018 via Motion 2017-2018-33
- The new department started with 3 staff – Manager – Environment Coordinator – Admin Assistant
- Additional staff now include – Indian Registration Administrator – Fish & Wildlife Coordinator – Forestry Coordinator