LANDS & CONSULTATION DEPARTMENT

Land Use Planning

The Lands and Consultation Dept. is currently updating the BCN Land Use Plan and we anticipate to have it finalized by the Summer of 2019.

In addition to planning, we have implemented two plans for future Residential Sub-Divisions.

  • Reserve # 166-A    Ka Asinskak (Desmarais)

  • Reserve # 183        Jean Baptiste Gambler

Instrument Implementation

For other land uses besides residential, a formal legal document or “instrument” needs to be executed. Ex. If you are using reserve land for grazing, haying and other agricultural purposes, you are required to have an agricultural permit.

After a review by the Department, these instruments are then be presented to Chief and Council for their review and approval (or refusal).

And depending on the Instrument, there may be a Community Consultation Requirement.

  • Oil and Gas Lease

  • Agriculture Permits

  • Road Use Agreements

  • Right of Entry Permits

  • Sand and Gravel Permit

  • Timber Permit

Residential

If you are applying or selecting land for Residential use, you are required to contact our office in order to properly register and administer your land use.

This includes;

  • Residence Confirmation

  • Land Selection (2 week public notice)

  • Temporary Land Occupancy (1 year compliance)

  • Permanent Land Occupancy

  • Transfer of Land

  • Sub-Dividing of Land

  • Lot Boundary

  • Maps by our GIS Technicians (By approval of Manager only)

  • Civic signs

Be Advised - Any transfer of land or other document done without the involvement of the Lands and Consultation Dept. may not be recognized.

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STAFF

P.O. Box 960

Wabasca, AB T0G2K0

Phone: (780) 891-3836
Fax: (780) 891-3888

Troy Stuart

Lands & Consultation Manager

​Email: troy.stuart@bigstone.ca

Jamie Auger

Lands Officer 

​Email: jamie.auger@bigstone.ca

Heather Auger

Environmental Officer

​Email: heather.auger@bigstone.ca

Renita Auger

Revenue Administrator 

Email: ​renita.auger@bigstone.ca

Darren Decoine

GIS Technician (Territory)​

Email: darren.decoine@bigstone.ca

Brendon Lamouche

GIS Technician (Reserve) 

​Email: brandon.lamouche@bigstone.ca

Greg Cardinal

Environmental Technician 

Ervin Beaver

By-Law Officer

Email: ervin.beaver@bigstone.ca

Mark Alook

Environmental Technician

Joe Gladue

Elder 

Jack Gambler

Elder

Eric Alook

Elder

Honorable Mention to Elders and Trappers who made this department what is today:

 

Clement "Cheepom" Auger, Mike Beaver, August Beaver, Floyd Beaver, P. Ray Peters, Helen Noskiye, Jack Gambler 

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Bigstone Cree Nation (Overview)

We, the members of the Bigstone Cree Nation have enjoyed a culture, language and a way of life reliant on what the land has provided within our Territory. This quite enjoyment of the land was secured through the signing of the Treaty 8 as understood by our Elders.

The Ancestral Territory of the Bigstone Cree Nation encompasses 29,370 square kilometers of the Treaty 8 land base.  And within our Territory Chief and Council govern 21,076 Hectares of Reserve Lands and over 37,222.74 Hectares of settlement lands gained through Treaty Land Entitlement.

Today, more than 5,400 people inhabit the Traditional Area where many of the people continue to pursue a livelihood alongside culture and traditions that are inextricably linked with the land and water. This includes the men and women who not only use the land for trapping but for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

The Lands and Consultation Dept. is there to ensure our lands are resources are managed sustainably by implementing Policy, projects and initiatives such as the Land Use Plan, Land Code and Consultation Policy.

Resource Management and Development

OIL AND GAS

Bigstone Cree Nation has over 100 surface and sub-surface leases for Oil and Gas within all its 5 Reserves. (Excluding Jean Baptiste Gambler Reserve # 183).

This Department assists the Chief and Council collectively administer and approve Oil and Gas Development through the following;

  • Exploration and Surveys

  • Leases

  • Right of Entry

  • Bigstone Council Resolutions

  • Regulations

  • History / Monitoring of every well

  • Abandonments / Reclamation

  • Surrenders / Orphan Well

Our office also conducts Environmental Audits and Monitoring of all Development activity, which includes the following Oil and Gas Operators;

  • Bigstone Oil and Gas Ltd.

  • Crescent Point Energy.

  • Husky Energy

  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

  • Tidewater Midstream

SAND AND GRAVEL

Keyanew Enterprises Ltd. (An entity of Bigstone Cree Nation) was approved to develop a Sand and Gravel Pit on Reserve # 166. This department handles the permitting, monitoring and reporting for such development.

FORESTRY

From time immemorial our ancestors have used the forest for our benefit and prosperity.

We need to use that knowledge and skill to sustain us, not only our sustenance but also for the continuation and strength of our culture.

Fire Smart Planning is one of the recent additions under the management of the Lands and Consultation Department.

A Wild Fire Mitigation Strategy was developed in 2017 which we used to submit applications to INAC and Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA)

We hope this continues on an annual basis, as our land base in the future will include TLE lands and as our forests continue to mature.

CONSULTATION

Bigstone Cree Nation adopted its Consultation Policy on June 26, 2015.

The Lands and Consultation Department is the branch of Bigstone that is responsible for managing and administering all consultation relating to proposed land, water and resource use by Crown and Industry.

The Department ensures that both Crown and Proponents have a point of contact for matters requiring consultation and accommodation on potential impacts to Bigstone’s s. 35 Rights and Bigstone Territory.

As per the BCN Consultation Policy - All communications between the Crown or Proponent and Bigstone Cree Nation will be conducted through the Lands and Consultation Department.

Although we are the first point of contact, Consultation does not end here.

TRAPPERS SUPPORT

The Lands and Consultation Dept. recognizes and respects the authority and jurisdiction of the Wabasca Trapper Association.

Although sometimes the trapper is the most knowledgeable, the trapper is the least recognized land user, Therefore we help with negotiations, technical interpretation, site assessments and map development.  

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