CanNorth Community Programs
One of CanNorth’s specialties is to engage and consult with communities and First Nations, both nationally and internationally. We design and manage community-based monitoring programs, conduct public consultations, provide education and employment opportunities, and serve in a technical advisory role. Examples of our community programs include:
AWG (Athabasca Working Group) Environmental Monitoring Program 2000-ongoing
The AWG Environmental Monitoring Program involves residents from seven northern Saskatchewan communities in monitoring water, sediment, fish, plants, wildlife, and air quality near their communities. These communities in the Athabasca region are downstream from uranium mining and milling operations. CanNorth provides training to community members to conduct environmental sampling alongside our staff. This program began in 2000 and was designed with significant input from local community members. Each year, the results are communicated through community brochures:
EARMP (Eastern Athabasca Regional Monitoring Program) 2011-ongoing
The EARMP is an environmental monitoring program funded by the Province of Saskatchewan in partnership with Cameco Corporation and Orano Canada Inc. The EARMP is comprised of a community program and a technical program. The objective of the community program is to ensure the safety of traditionally harvested foods by monitoring and testing foods gathered by communities in the eastern Athabasca region of northern Saskatchewan. The technical program was designed to provide long-term environmental data and identify potential cumulative impacts downstream of uranium mining and milling operations. Results and more information can be found on the EARMP website.
Country Foods Studies
Another specialty of CanNorth is conducting research programs that assess the consumption and safety of traditional foods. These programs involve interviewing community members to gain information on the types, quantities consumed, and locations of harvest of country and wild foods. The results of interviews are used to establish a sampling program whereby traditional foods from the area are collected and chemically analyzed. Research results are disseminated to community members through written reports, oral presentations, and discussions at meetings. CanNorth has completed wild foods studies for Cameco Corporation, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, the Nokiiwin Tribal Council, and the English River First Nation.
Traditional Land Use (TLU)
CanNorth completes traditional land use studies for Indigenous organizations to support identified goals, such as Duty to Consult and Accommodate processes. Interviews with Elders and other key knowledge holders, historical research, and other information are compiled into detailed technical reports. CanNorth provides confidential long term database management and GIS services for TLU clients.
CanNorth assists both industrial and Indigenous clients to work together to meet responsibilites within the framework of Duty to Consult and Accommodate policies in Canada. We work with Indigenous community leaders, Elders, community members, and translators to build participatory teams and set long term goals. We prepare engagement materials, provide technical review services, and plan and facilitate community meetings to ensure successful community engagement programs.