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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Misinipiy Integrated Land Use Plan covers 3,119,793 hectares in northern Saskatchewan, stretching from the Wapawekka Hills in the southeast, to Besnard Lake in the southwest, close to Wathaman Lake in the northeast and to Key Lake Mine in the northwest.  The La Ronge Integrated Land Use Management Plan is a distinct plan that is not part of the Misinipiy Integrated Land Use Plan. However, the La Ronge planning area has been included in order to better account for management of its forest resources.  The Lac La Ronge Provincial Park has its own management plan and is not included in the Misinipiy planning area.

Begun in 1999 as the North Central Plan, the name was changed to the Misinipiy Integrated Land Use Plan in 2007, at the request of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. The Cree word Misinipiy means “big water.”  The new name appropriately reflects the importance of the water in the planning area, especially the Churchill River, to the culture, history and future of the area.  The Misinipiy planning process has included extensive consultation with many groups with interests in the area.  In September of 2009, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief and Council provided a Band Council Resolution endorsing the plan, which encompasses much of their traditional territory.  

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