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The Mushkegowuk Environmental Reseseach Center Youth Conference on Climate Change

Time does not always afford me the time to update and inform on my activities or those of the programs of Turtle Island Environmental Resources and for that I do apologize.

I am at the MERC Youth Conference on Climate Change in Timmins, Ontario. I was scheduled to speak tomorrow however due to an illness in one staff members family I was asked to do a session today as well. I am very glad I was asked and glad I could because it was eye opening. The youth are informed, have good constructive thoughts on the causes, impacts and possible solutions. This before the conference workshops have begun, before the "experts" explain in laymans terms what it is all about.

In Oneida Nation of the Thames there has been a hiring and April Varewyck has taken the reins of the program. Congratulations April, the new Envionmental Officer of Oneida. We had an opportunity to tour some of the Glacial Path that goes through Oneida territory and got to know a bit about each other, our goals and aspirations for the program. Oneida citizens can rest knowing they are in good hands.

Taykwa Tagamou First Nation has agreed in principal to participating in TIERs Phase II. In that program we will be mirroring the Oneida project with some modifications. Added to that good news I recieved another call from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and it appears progress will come quickly on their participation in the program.

In Sarnia-Lambton we have the Lambton Environmental Action Plan, (LEAP) project in full motion now. Our new office is set up with a summer student doing the most of the grunt work in that, Thanks TIA. We have hired Lisa Matlovitch and Shawn McKnight to run the LEAP program and they continue to amaze me/us with their teamwork and dedication to the program. There have been numerous stories in the press and radio about the program, all good, and dialogue with industry is moving ahead of schedule.

Denny Larson, Ruth Breech and Josephine of Global Community Monitor will be making the trek to see us next week and I am excited about this visit. I look to these people for guidance and motivation and know we in Sarnia Lambton will benefit from this visit.

I am a little disapponited that there has not been more interaction on the site. We can not support what we do not know about. We can not direct any efforts to a problem if the problems are not identified.

In a month we have grown from one member to 424, that tells me there are many people from across Turtle Island who are enlightened and aware, please share the site by invitations out to like minded people and share your stories here as all of us will make an effort to help.

Thank You
Ron Plain

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