East-West Tie Transmission Project – First Nation Monitoring 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Re: East-West Tie Transmission Project – First Nation Monitoring 2018

This letter is to notify potentially interested First Nations NextBridge will be undertaking a series of environmental, archeological and design/route surveys starting in early June 2018.

NextBridge will be conducting formal kick-off session on Monday June 4th at the Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay, ON starting at 9am. We welcome First Nation participation on our surveys. Please notify potential monitors that they are welcome to attend our kick-off session in Thunder Bay. If they are not able to attend, safety orientation will take place in the field prior to surveys starting.

NextBridge supported environmental and archeological surveys in 2017. We received positive feedback from participating First Nations and also comments and suggestions for improvement. NextBridge is committed to being responsive to feedback and so, we have amended the monitoring program for 2018.

Environmental Monitoring Opportunities

Golder Associates will be conducting a series of environmental surveys starting in early June 2018. Based on feedback from First Nations and SuperCom, NextBridge will be offering embedded environmental monitoring opportunities in 2018. This means 1 Aboriginal Monitor will have an opportunity to shadow Golder’s environmental team for the duration of their field surveys. Golder is anticipating up to 6 teams will be in the field simultaneously so up to 6 monitors will be required. This structure responds to SuperCom’s request for more consistent hours and continuity for monitors so they can plan their summers more effectively. Aboriginal Monitor job descriptions have been sent to SuperCom for advertisement. NextBridge has also attached the job description as reference. Interested First Nation members can contact NextBridge for inquiries.

Capacity resources for Aboriginal Monitors will be based on an invoice-basis like in 2017. Host communities will continue to invoice NextBridge for monitors’ time and related expenses similar to 2017 field season. In addition to embedded Aboriginal monitors, any on-reserve activity will include opportunities for the host First Nation to provide Aboriginal Monitors.

Design/Route Monitoring Opportunities

NextBridge is currently advertising for a contractor to conduct these surveys. Once a contractor is selected, NextBridge will make available opportunities for proximate First Nations to provide Aboriginal monitors for these surveys. Similar to the 2017 environmental surveys, NextBridge will be notifying proximate First Nations when the surveyor is in the area and offer opportunities for local monitors to participate. Host First Nations will invoice NextBridge for the monitors’ time and related expenses. Interested First Nation members can contact NextBridge for more information.

It should be noted monitoring is in addition to potential First Nation affiliated business conducting the surveying including retaining directly Indigenous employees. Please contact SuperCom for the latest updates on contract awards.

Archeology Monitoring

Stantec Consulting will be completing the archaeology surveys in 2018. Stantec has indicated there is only a small handful of sites remaining on properties they did not get access to in 2017. Based on this lack of activity and the feedback received through SuperCom, NextBridge will work directly through SuperCom to retain up to 2 Aboriginal monitors to participate on these surveys. The host First Nation will invoice NextBridge for the monitors’ time and related expenses.

In-field Engagement and Meetings

NextBridge is prepared to coordinate information sharing and briefings with interested communities for any of our activities (i.e. environmental surveys, archaeology surveys design/route surveys and Valard reconnaissance). If a community wishes to meet our contractors in the field prior or after surveys in your local area, please contact NextBridge and we will arrange tail-gate briefings. NextBridge will consider these in-field briefings as Yi day monitoring opportunities. Communities may invoice NextBridge for time and related expenses to meet with contractors if a specific request is made.

We are pleased to answer any questions you may have. Please contact me if there are any questions or concerns.

Herb Shields, Indigenous Lead
NextBridge Infrastructure
390 Bay St. Suite 1790, Toronto, ON MSH 2Y2



Environmental Monitor (up to 6 positions – embedded)

 

Location and Schedule

  •  June – September 2018 range
  • Thunder Bay to Wawa at various locations

Duties

  • Work as an assistant to the Environmental Project Lead in the field
  • Collaborate with environmental field data collection
  • Identify potential and known traditional lands, cultural heritage and natural environment
  • Assist in collection and documentation of features of the cultural and natural environments
  • Completion of daily logs and weekly monitoring reports
  • Recommended potential mitigation measures to decreases potential impacts to cultural and natural environments

Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Hard Hat
  • Gloves
  • Steel toed safety boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Safety glasses

Desired Skills

  • Work experience in the field of environmental monitoring at construction sites an asset
  • Practical experience with collecting and documenting cultural heritage and traditional land data would be an asset
  • Demonstrated involvement in environmental stewardship would be an asset

Salary and Hours

  • $20/hr for up to 12hr days. On average, 10hr days.


Design/Route Monitor (1 casual position per proximate First Nation)

 

Location and Schedule

  •  June – September 2018 range
  • Thunder Bay to Wawa at various locations

Duties

  • Work as an assistant to the Surveyor Lead in the field
  • Assist in transporting survey equipment.
  • Identify potential and known traditional lands, cultural heritage and natural environment
  • Assist in collection and documentation of features of the cultural and natural environments
  • Completion of daily logs and weekly monitoring reports
  • Recommended potential mitigation measures to decreases potential impacts to cultural and natural environments

Desired Skills

  • Work experience in the field of environmental monitoring at construction sites an asset
  • Practical experience with collecting and documenting cultural heritage and traditional land data would be an asset
  • Demonstrated involvement in environmental stewardship would be an asset

Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Hard Hat
  • Gloves
  • Steel-toed safety boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Safety glasses

Salary and Hours

  • $20/hr for up to 12hr days. On average, 10hr days.

 

Archeology Monitor (2 positions)

 

Location and Schedule

  •  June – September 2018 range
  • Thunder Bay to Wawa at various locations

Duties

  • Work alongside the archaeological team, led by the Field Director, to complete Stage 2 Archaeological Assessments in areas of archaeological potential
  • Collaborate on archaeological field data collection in the Project area
  • Identify potential and known traditional lands, cultural heritage sites and important environment features
  • Assist in collecting and documenting cultural environments
  • Complete daily logs and weekly monitoring reports
  • Recommend potential mitigation measures to decrease potential impacts to cultural environments

Desired Skills

  • Practical experience with cultural heritage and traditional land uses as it pertains to field data collection and observation would be an asset
  • Archaeological field assessment experience would be an asset
  • Demonstrated involvement in environmental and/or archaeological stewardship would be an asset
  • Completion or in pursuit of post-secondary education in archaeology, history, anthropology, environmental science or a related discipline would be an asset

Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Hard Hat
  • Gloves
  • Steel-toed safety boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Safety glasses

Salary and Hours

  • $20/hr for up to 12hr days. On average, 10hr days.


In-Field Tours and Briefings (2 positions per community, casual)

 

Location and Schedule

  •  June – September 2018 range
  • Thunder Bay to Wawa at various locations

Duties

  • Contact NextBridge to arrange a specific site visit, tour or briefing in the field with contractors.
  • Attend tail-gate briefing with contractors
  • Communicate meeting results and observations to Chief and Council.

Desired Skills

  • Practical experience with environment, surveying, cultural heritage and traditional land uses as it pertains to field data collection and observation would be an asset
  • Understanding of community priorities and issues.
  • Communication skills.

Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Hard Hat
  • Gloves
  • Steel-toed safety boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Safety glasses

Salary and Hours

  • $240/meeting plus related expenses