Source Water Protection Planning

The North Saskatchewan River Basin Council (NSRBC) has engaged in reserve scale source water protection planning with indigenous communities since 2009. Through engagement with a local steering committee, the NSRBC facilitates a risk identification exercise. Each perceived threat is assessed based on impact and likelihood. Mitigation measures are outlined and assigned to various band departments, individuals, or agencies to support the implementation of these. To date, the NSRBC has assisted 8 communities in the Source Water Protection Planning process.  Please contact us if you are interested in having the NSRBC support Source Water Protection Planning in your community.

Previous Source Water Protection Planning Projects:

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation (2009 – Renewal in progress)

Witchekan Lake First Nation (2009)

Sweetgrass First Nation (2009)

Thunderchild First Nation (2009)

Mistawasis Nehiyawak (2016)

Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation (2016)

Sturgeon Lake First Nation (2018)

Onion Lake First Nation (in progress)

First Nations Climate Change Health Adaptation

Health Canada provides funding for Indigenous communities to invest in planning for adaptation of climate change to mitigate health impacts to community members.  The NSRBC has been a successful partner in securing this funding for communities to implement adaptation plans. Click here to learn more about programming. 

Mistawasis Nehiyawak (2017-2019) – Click here and here to view the community resiliency videos.

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation (2019-2020)

Youth Education and Engagement

The NSRBC believes strongly in supporting young indigenous people in finding a connection to their lands and supports land-based learning.  Please click here to review some of the educational services that we provide for students.   

Special Projects

The NSRBC supports Indigenous communities in expanding their informational resources to enhance land use and emergency response planning.  The NSRBC is able to provide mapping services to Indigenous communities.  Culvert Mapping is one service where all culverts are mapped with GPS, measurements, and status of the culvert are recorded and assembled into a report to support strategic planning. 

Another valued service is invasive weed mapping.  The NSRBC will survey reserve and Treaty Land Entitlement lands for invasive weeds.  Any infected areas are recorded on GPS and maps are provided back to the community for strategic planning purposes. 

 August 2014:  Mistawasis Water Management

It seems in Saskatchewan, that we either have too much water or never enough.  Extremes at either end of the spectrum can be debilitating for many.  Mistiwasis First Nation is one of the many communities faced with the challenge of water management issues.  Flooding has affected homes, roads, and impacted their recreational lakes.meeting
On August 8, 2014, Mistiwasis hosted a round table discussion to address drainage options and their impacts.  Chief Daryl Watson expressed the need to manage high water levels but recognized the potential impacts downstream to their neighbors the RM of Canwood.  Chief Watson was sensitive to the issue that any decision made needs to be done in a holistic manner.  Representatives from Transport Canada, Water Security Agency, Aboriginal Affairs, and Northern Development Canada, North Saskatchewan River Basin Council, the RM of Canwood, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Saskatoon Tribal Council, and Fisheries Oceans Canada were all present.Lake