Traditional Area Advisory Committees
The Manitoba Model Forest provides support for the establishment and operation of Traditional Area Advisory Committees (TAAC) through financial contributions and operational support provided by the MBMF Community Engagement Officer. TAACs are First Nation community-based committees that provide advice and information to their Chief and Councils on matters relating to resource development within their community’s traditional area. The TAACs are made up of a diverse cross section of community members, including trappers, fishermen, traditional plant harvesters, hunters and commercial resource businesses. The Committees operate at arms-length from Chief and Council and provide a mechanism for provincial government agencies and resource industries to interact directly with the community members involved in resource stewardship. The Committees meet on a regular basis and provide input and advice on planned resource development activities such as forestry operations, road construction and mining exploration. The TAACs also hold field trips with local industries to view resource industry proposals and activities. The existence of the Committees is of great benefit both to the communities and the industries that wish to communicate with them as the TAACs provide an effective conduit of communication with the people on the land.
At present, TAACs are in operation in Hollow Water First Nation and Black River First Nation and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation is in the process of developing a Committee for their community. In 2009, the Black River and Hollow Water First Nation TAACs won a Manitoba Hydro Spirit of the Earth Award for their innovative community-based method of interacting with government and industry.