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Resolution No. 2007-06-11

Support for the Environmental Research Centre

WHEREAS the Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs supported the creation of an environmental research centre and as a result the Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre (MERC) was formed in 2005 to undertake and coordinate environmental research, including the application of traditional knowledge;

WHEREAS the MERC has been very successful in carrying out its mandate and needs to establish a more permanent structure to maintain accountability to the Mushkegowuk First Nations;

WHEREAS the staff of the Centre have undertaken a review of operations, including possibly restructuring options;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by this Assembly that the Centre remain as a notĀ­for-profit institution with a board member appointed by each of the Mushkegowuk First Nations as well as a board member representing Mushkegowuk Council;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Centre be renamed as "Kiituskinno" (Our Land) to better reflect the importance of traditional knowledge and language;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that when the Centre undertakes contracts with private industry the board and staff are to make adequate provisions to ensure that

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the rights of individual First Nations are not negatively impacted.

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