DAUPHIN RIVER FIRST NATION
Client: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
The flooding in 2011 along Manitoba’s Dauphin River was unprecedented in terms of the amount of water which flowed through the community of Dauphin River First Nation (DRFN) and its impact on the people and their livelihoods.  Most of the people of DRFN were evacuated from their homes in May, 2011 and had not been able to return to the community for many years.  Following this devastating event, in May, 2013, McKay Finnigan and Associate, along with HTFC, were invited to work with the community of Dauphin River to achieve a general consensus on how/where the redevelopment of the community should take place, and the adoption by the DRFN’s Chief and Council, of a final concept site plan to guide this future development.  A critical component of this project that led to the projects overall success was the involvement of a Project Steering Committee that consisted of several residents/leaders of the community.

Since the time of this project, the plan has been adopted by the community and redevelopment has since occurred with residents returning to their community.