Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Lake - Traditional Lands, Gathering Space

The proposed project includes proactive repair and rehabilitation of the flood damaged shoreline of the Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Lake at the Traditional Lands Gathering space, Camp Big Child.

Project works will include:

  • Earthworks to adjust the slope and grade to make accessibility easier and reduce the risk of future shoreline erosion (~1500 m shoreline stabilization)
  • Revegetating the majority of the project area
  • Implement restoration works and mitigation measures to establish a climate change resilient site.
  • Establishing grey infrastructure: washroom facilities, sacred fire circle gathering space, picnicking areas
  • Expansion of ~ 3.6 km of trail network to establish fire breaks to protect the 44 ha of natural forest
  • Planting ~ 1000 trees and native vegetation to enhance shoreline integrity

There is currently limited access to the lake from the gathering space and shoreline due to damage (debris and tree death) from flood conditions in 2014. This reduced accessibility is due to the shoreline being heavily impacted and trees along the lake perimeter being killed by high water levels. The plan is to make the shoreline accessible along the perimeter where the cabin and gathering places are. This site benefits the Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, Ahtahkakoop, and Muskeg Lake First Nations as well as members in the city of Saskatoon.


Latest update

2023-10-16 - The public comment period on the project is closed. Infrastructure Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents


Infrastructure Canada
Marika Haspeck, Environmental Review Officer
180 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
Telephone: 613-571-6569
Email: marika.haspeck@infc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Lake (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
    • Water Management
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Mistawasis Nêhiyawak
  • Authorities

    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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