May 17, 2024 – Indigenous Services Canada must determine whether the proposed James Smith Cree Nation Peonan Creek Crossing, to be located on James Smith Cree Nation, is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, Indigenous Services Canada is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination.

Written comments must be submitted by June 16, 2024 to:

Indigenous Services Canada
Alvin Hamilton Building, 1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, SK  S4P 2B6
Telephone: 306-581-3134

Proposed Project

James Smith Cree Nation is proposing to install a new single span bridge over Peonan Creek northwest of the community core to connect housing and services on the west side of the creek to the community and to provide access to the new Wellness Centre and existing Sakwatamo Lodge. The bridge will be constructed at the former location of a large-diameter culvert crossing which washed out in 2007.

Construction activities include site preparation by topsoil stripping and stockpiling, grading to build up the road profile and establish drainage, minor excavation of the existing channel profile, installation of the bridge abutments, wing walls and deck, and placement of erosion matting, sediment fencing and rip rap on the embankments to protect against erosion and scour. Typical construction waste will be disposed of at an off-site landfill.

Operations will include bridge maintenance and repair of any erosion at the site.

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