The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (‘HCCC’) has legislated the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (‘HDI’) to represent HCCC interests in the development of lands within areas of Haudenosaunee jurisdiction, including but not limited to the land prescribed by the Haldimand Proclamation and the 1701 Treaty Area.
HDI has established and administers a regulatory framework which identifies, registers and regulates development in compliance with a number of regulatory obligations including the
Haudenosaunee Green Plan (‘HGP’) and the Haudenosaunee Development Protocol (‘HDP’).
HDI is also charged with ensuring that the perpetual care and maintenance of the Haudenosaunee is maintained with respect to Haudenosaunee interests.
- The HDI seeks to protect Haudenosaunee heritage sites. – The HDI’s ability to access sacred sites, culturally-significant sites, traditional places for hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering must not be infringed upon by any development. The HDI seeks to work with developers and regional associations to identify such places well in advance of proposals.
- The HDI will seek to protect threatened species and ecological communities with their status in the landscape affected to the extent their population viability is at risk. Specifically, the HDI is concerned about nationally endangered or vulnerable species and ecological communities.
- The HDI will seek to protect migratory species and wetlands. – Migratory species are recognized within international conventions to which Canada is a signatory. Wetlands, which help to clean the waters, are also important and the HDI seeks to protect the entire watershed that feeds into those wetlands. HDI is less inclined to consider one to one substitutions to wetlands and prefer to avoid any disturbance.
Proposals that provide a realistic and measurable “green” agenda associated with the nature of the project will be viewed most favorably. The HDI is willing to work with developers on defining those green standards, strategies and approaches. While these may require additional expenditures on the part of the developer, it will be considered one of the “benefits” of the project to overall well-being.