Nulehtunan Sitomok - Repairing Our Shore

The Proposed Project:

The surface water runoff into Indian Brook has significantly increased with drastic increases in the peak flows over the past decade. Erosion along Indian Brook combined with a depositional delta at the mouth of the outlet into the Wolastoq (Saint John River) have impacted the Oromocto First Nation community's use, and connection to, Indian Brook. Additionally, recent flooding events along the Wolastoq have damaged the shoreline and put at risk the community's Powwow grounds and available space for other development opportunities.

Four (4) main areas of concern along Indian Brook and the Wolastoq were identified by community members and through on-site surveys. Through the planning phase, each area was assessed to determine the current conditions of the area and recommendations have been made for improvements to each area. Therefore, the scope of work in each area will involve: 

Area 2 - the installation of culvert upgrades and further bank armoring with riprap at the outlet of twin culverts at Waasis Road; 

Area 3 – the installation of a small bridge and gravel for a pedestrian trail from the Community Centre to the waterfalls in Indian Brook; 

Area 4 – the backfilling and culvert replacement at a former railway crossing with an under-performing culvert; 

Area 5 – the infilling to a minimum elevation of seven (7) meters and the construction of a new boat launch at the Powwow Grounds, which is situated along the Wolastoq. These works will also include excavation, soil restoration, sediment and erosion control, and temporary water control during construction. It is anticipated that these measures will re-stabilize the bank and be in place for the foreseeable future.


Latest update

Notice of determination: Nulehtunan Sitomok - Repairing Our Shore

Ottawa –September 13, 2023 – Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada have determined that the proposed Nulehtunan Sitomok - Repairing Our Shore Project in Oromocto First Nation, New Brunswick:

  • Is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects

This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • Impacts on rights of Indigenous peoples;
  • Indigenous knowledge;
  • Community knowledge;
  • Comments received from the public; and
  • Technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.

Mitigation and monitoring measures taken into account for this determination included active and adaptive management measures that will be implemented for the protection of local environment.  Based on the consideration of these measures, Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are satisfied that that the carrying out of the Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Therefore, Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada may carry out the project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the Project to be carried out in whole or in part.



Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of determination: Nulehtunan Sitomok - Repairing Our Shore DOCX (17 KB) September 13, 2023
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - April 19, 2022


Christopher Kobylinski, Environmental Review Officer
Telephone: 343-548-6409

  • Location

    • Oromocto First Nation (New Brunswick)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Oromocto First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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