David Suzuki Foundation MOU

MOU Between the Parties: Nibinamik First Nation, Mamow Ki-ken-da-ma-win, Ryerson University and the David Suzuki Foundation

Shared Vision: That throughout the planning and development processes in the Ring of Fire region and any other foreseeable developments in the Nibinamik region.  Ecosystems are to be conserved such that the provision of ecological services is maintained and traditional Aboriginal ways of life are sustained.


The agreement is in partnership with Mamow Ki ken da ma win, Nibinamik First Nation and the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF).

In its ongoing relationship with the Nibinamik First Nation, the Mamow Ki ken da ma win: Searching Together Project supports the identification of community priorities and assists in brokering resources/skills/ technical expertise to develop those priorities. The partnership between Mamow Ki-ken-da-ma-win, Nibinamik First Nation and DSF grew out of one of the stated community priorities related to land use planning and the environmental assessment.

Mamow Ki-ken-da-ma-win will assist in soliciting resources to support the work of the DSF in the community as outlined in the MOU; incorporate the work of the DSF in the broader community assessment; facilitate the development of a working relationship between Nibinamik First Nation and the DSF that is consistent with community principles, values  and expectations; and assist in the ongoing communication of outcomes to the community and when appropriate to the communities affiliated with the Matawa Tribal Council.

In witness whereof the parties have executed this Memorandum of Understanding on this 15th day of October, 2014

Effects of Chromium on plant life

The objective of our research is to understand the impacts of exposure to chromium on different types of plants. This includes traditional medicines and plants harvested by First Nation communities in Northern Ontario.

Our main interest is how chromium exposure impacts the development of seeds when they germinate. We want to do two experiments on this topic:

  1. Determine the impacts of chromium exposure on seed germination in plants found near the Ring of Fire region, including plants of medicinal use for traditional purposes
  • To do this we are testing seeds from about 40 plant species exposed to chromium using the growth chambers at the Environment Canada National Wildlife Research Centre (situated at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON), and measure plant germination and plant survival rates after exposure
  1. Determine the impacts of chromium exposure on the germination of plant seeds found in soil “seedbank” in the Ring of Fire region
  • A “seedbank” is a pile or collection of dormant seeds that are found naturally in the soil and come from plants that shed their seeds during the growing season.

Seeds in a “seedbank” lay dormant over the winter and only begin to germinate in the spring (Please see image 1).

We want to find out if chromium might have an impact on the germination of plant seeds found in seedbanks. If there are impacts, then this could eventually cause changes in plant species composition exposed to chromium.To achieve the most benefits for the First Nations communities in the region, and for our research, we would like to collect soils from sites/locations that have plants of interest to the local First Nation communities. In particular, we would like to test sites where plants are commonly found and harvested for traditional uses.


The project is being funded by Environment Canada, Carleton University, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (through a Discovery Grant). Industry partners are not involved in this project; only community, academic and federal government partners. This project is open to collaborations with other universities and research organizations.

Asset Inventory

First visit Oct 15, second visit Jan 8 and final visit during mining week Mar 10 and report to be completed March 31, 2015.  Asset inventory includes a digitized version of all physical assets inside the community (buildings, land, roads, assets, etc.) and potential areas for investment or areas of expansion.  Report to be translated. CE Strategies was retained by Nibinamik First Nation to complete the following Asset Inventory study.  The mapping and report are intended to assist the community in future planning and investment readiness preparation.  This document highlights existing assets and provides maps showing the location of these assets.To compliment this document, all collected GPS data, GIS data, hard copy maps and digital maps will be provided to the community and become the property of Nibinamik First Nation.  Furthermore, the First Nation will be provided with secure, web hosted access, to their data via MapAki.  The data will be presented in an interactive map format, allowing the community to access their information at any time, from anywhere using an internet accessible computer.  This information is displayed in a digital map, which allows for quick and informed decisions that are critical for planning success.  Culturally sensitive areas can also be quickly located and avoided.  Proximity to hydro, water, and other utilities, which is essential to any community planning, are also readily available and easy to locate


40th Anniversary Celebration

August 14, 2015
Nibinamik First Nation will be celebrating its 40 year annual summer festival this august 17-22, 2015.