Wahpeton Dakota Nation Traditional Land Use Study: Shore Gold

Project Location: 
Wahpeton Dakota Nation, Prince Albert, SK

Shore Gold proposed to construct and operate a diamond mine, the Star - Orion South Diamond Project (the Project), in the Fort à la Corne Forest, located near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and within Wahpeton Dakota Nation (WDN) Traditional Territory. The proposal included two large open pits, a processing facility, and related infrastructure.

Kwusen conducted the traditional land use (TLU) study, which documented site-specific and non-site-specific traditional use values, mapped site-specific locations; documented potential project related impacts; recommend appropriate mitigation measures, and assessed potential related residual effects. The project report was based on interviews with 12 community members, groundtruthing fieldtrips, and one community-based assessment workshop with interview respondents, elders, and other knowledgeable land users from the WDN. Results from the community interviews indicate numerous past, present, and/or prospective traditional use values associated with the Project. Specifically, sixty-six (66) traditional use sites were noted within the study area.