Natural Resources

The Natural Resources Department is committed to the sustainable management of our nation’s resources.  The Natural Resources Committee also helps promote awareness, and provides recommendations to Chief & Council on various resource issues.

Some of our responsibilities include:

  • Meeting conditions of our Sustainable Forestry License (on and off reserve) with Nipissing Forestry
  • Shoreline Work Permits
  • Hunting Permits and Inter-Treaty Harvesting Permissions
  • Conducting and reporting on Species-at-Risk Projects
  • Conducting and reporting on a variety of fish assessment projects on Lake Nipissing
  • Conducting regular land and marine patrols to monitor for compliance with NFN Laws & Bylaws.
  • All other aspects of Fisheries Management, Assessment and Enforcement

The majority of our work is focused on the sustainable management of the Lake Nipissing Fishery and preserving our inherent Treaty-protected rights.

The Natural Resources Department is also responsible for Wildlife Management on NFN lands, including reviewing and processing Inter-Treaty requests from First Nation people from other treaty areas wishing to harvest in our traditional territory.

NFN is an independent Forestry operator and is assigned a harvest allocation in the Forest Management Plan for the Nipissing Forest.  NFN receives an administration fee for each metric tonne harvested by companies who have agreements with NFN to harvest.  The goal is to increase the health of the forest stand(s) to increase the value of these stands in the future. 

Contact Information:

Jeff McLeod, Eniigaanzid Mtikeng / Ndawenjgeng (Natural Resources Manager)
705-753-2050 ext. 1325 |

Nikki Commanda, Biologist / Shoreline Permits
705-753-2050 ext. 1251 |

Tyler Couchie, Enforcement Officer
Office: 705-753-2050 ext. 1224 | Cell: 705-498-2506

Clayton Goulais, Enforcement Officer
Office:  705-753-2050 ext. 1236  |  Cell:  705-498-3823