Conservation and biodiversity

The growing threats to biodiversity and natural environments are at the heart of the issues facing First Nations. As guardians of nature, the First Nations have a key role to play in the conservation and protection of biodiversity and the land. In this perspective, the FNQLSDI wishes to participate in building the capacities of the First Nations to support them in their role of ensuring the sustainability of natural environments for current and future generations.


Nature Conservation and Protection

The FNQLSDI started the Nature Conservation and Protection project in 2019. This project aims to promote better involvement of First Nations in the conservation of biodiversity and natural environments. This is a large-scale project that will take place over four years.

This project has two main components :

  1. Make recommendations to the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) to develop an Aboriginal Regional Strategy. This Aboriginal Regional Strategy is a tool that will be developed in collaboration with the First Nations to enable them to be adequately involved in the initiatives of the Canadian Wildlife Service and to develop more projects for the conservation of biodiversity and natural environments.
  2. Develop services and resources within the FNQLSDI to concretely support the First Nations in the development and implementation of conservation initiatives. In this component, the FNQLSDI plans to offer a range of services to equip First Nations and develop their conservation skills, while creating networking opportunities between communities. These services will take the form of training on subjects of interest to the communities, support for drafting or submitting funding requests, assistance in coordinating projects, technical support (e.g. wildlife and plant inventories), communication support (e.g. awareness raising, etc.) The FNQLSDI plans to adjust its services over time and to the needs of the First Nations.

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Monitoring of boreal birds in Quebec – Pineshîsh Piyaasiis Project

The FNQLSDI recently entered a partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Service to start a boreal bird monitoring project across Quebec. The objective of the Pineshîsh-Piyaasiis project is to support the active participation of First Nations in monitoring boreal forest birds on their traditional territories and to promote the exchange of indigenous and scientific knowledge on boreal birds. In partnership with the communities, this project aims to acquire information on the distribution and abundance of boreal birds in a participatory and evolving manner according to the needs of the First Nations. To collect this information, electronic listening stations which record the sounds of the birds are installed at various places in the territory.

In 2020, a collaboration with the communities of Matimekush Lac-John and Kawawachikamach made it possible to carry out a field campaign leading to the installation of 23 listening stations in the territory. In 2021, other communities will be invited to participate in the development of this project.

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Marine Planification and Conservation

In November 2020, the FNQLSDI was mandated by the Marine Planning and Conservation Division (DPCM) of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Quebec region, to support the deployment of a new initiative among the First Nations. Nations.

The DPCM of the Quebec region explains its new initiative as follows: “In order to progress on the path of reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and to involve them in marine planning and conservation aimed at conserving 25% of Canada’s oceans of by 2025 and 30% by 2030, the DPCM of the Quebec region wishes to promote an open environment so that indigenous peoples can submit their visions and participate in the reflection upstream of the implementation of processes such as participation in governance and co-management of the oceans. This approach is also part of various aspects of the implementation of the Canada-Quebec collaboration agreement for the establishment of a network of marine protected areas in Quebec “.

More specifically, the main objective of the initiative is to allow the Huron-Wendat, Innu, Mi’gmaq and Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nations to develop a reflection and a vision on the themes of marine planning and conservation, in preparation for the discussions. with the Government of Canada on these. The themes proposed by the DPCM are worded as follows:

  • Marine spatial planning, including participation in governance;
  • Identification and establishment of conservation sites;
  • The co-management of marine protected areas;
  • Indigenous conservation sites;
  • The integration of indigenous knowledge into the process of establishing marine protected areas and marine spatial planning;
  • The meaning and implication of the blue economy.

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The FNQLSDI provides First Nations communities with tools to support them with their conservation project.

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The FNQLSDI organized webinars, workshops, trainings on conservation subject.

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