Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Why does Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) need an all season community access road when they can already access the community by air and the existing winter road?
A: The options available to members of MFFN are unreliable. Air travel is expensive and while there is a winter access road, its condition varies, making transportation of goods and people to and from the community unreliable; ultimately impacting the community’s well-being.
Q: I understand the Environmental Assessment is community-led. What does this mean?
A: The planning for the all-season access road is community-led; meaning that the MFFN community—as the Proponent— has formed a Project Team that includes MFFN community members and acts with guidance, direction and input from the MFFN Chief and Council, MFFN Community Member Advisors and MFFN community membership. Throughout the Environmental Assessment (EA) process, MFFN—with support from technical experts—will engage with neighbouring Indigenous communities, agencies and interested persons so that input is considered when making decisions related to the design and development of the Community Access Road.
Q: What will happen if impacts related to the proposed road are identified during the planning and consultation process?
A: MFFN started the EA process for their all-season community access road by first developing a Terms of Reference, in addition to starting the federal Impact Assessment process. Through these processes, there will be a rigorous evaluation of potential effects, including ways to avoid or minimize potential effects, before decisions are made about the proposed road. Feedback received during consultation will help shape routing and design. The EA process provides the opportunity for concerns to be raised to the MFFN Project Team for consideration and addressing.