One of the FNQLSDI’s mandates is to work towards the preservation of biodiversity in Quebec and Labrador, with due respect for the values and traditions of First Nations. The projects developed in this sector aim to preserve the species and habitats that are of particular importance to First Nations, either for spiritual, cultural, subsistence or other purposes. Species at risk and their habitat are also core issues, and projects are developed to contribute to their conservation for the next generations. Most projects developed in this area include awareness-raising activities and/or are implemented in close collaboration with communities.
Training Workshop on the Conservation and Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat – November 5, 6 and 7, 2019
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute held a training workshop on the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat.
Workshop objectives consisted of:
- Understanding the theoretical foundations of aquatic ecology, fish and the regulatory context of protecting fish and their freshwater habitat;
- Learning techniques to implement freshwater fish habitat restoration measures;
- Being able to monitor, maintain and evaluate freshwater restoration projects.
- The theory behind restoration:
- Presentation: Basic principles of aquatic ecology/hydrology
- Presentation: Overview of fish biology and the four targeted species
- Presentation: Planning a restoration project
- Regulatory Considerations
- Presentation: Freshwater regulatory considerations
- Putting the theory to work:
- Presentation: Case studies (with solutions)
This training workshop was organized in cooperation with:
- Bureau Environnement et Terre d’Odanak;
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
- Water First;
- FRi Ecological Services
- Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs;
- Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The training session was made possible through funding received from Fisheries and Oceans Canada under the terms of the Indigenous Habitat Protection Program.
Projet sauvegarde du Garrot d’Islande (French only)
Some of our achievements include:
- Organizing information workshops on Marine Protected Areas for managers of Innu, Maliseet and Mi’gmaq First Nations (in collaboration with CPAWS): Russ Jones‘ (Haida Oceans Technical Team), Sabine Jessen‘s (CPAWS) and Patrick Nadeau‘s (CPAWS) presentations are available
- Developing educational workshops and setting up nesting boxes for Barrow’s Goldeneyes on the Nitassinan of Essipit and Pessamit Innu First Nations
- Creating school workshops and a children’s book on high cultural value animal species and their habitat, published in 6 languages: Anishnabe, Atikamekw, English, French, Innu and Mi’gmaq
- Setting up a thematic summer camp on marine environments and species at risk, held in 6 Innu communities (in collaboration with Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht)
- Producing fact sheets for various at-risk species: Snakes, Flora, Marine Mammals, Fish, Turtles
- Holding a Theme Day on species at risk issues, including expertise sharing opportunities and preparation for upcoming consultations
- Collecting data on First Nations’ needs for bird of prey body parts, to be used for personal, ceremonial, religious or medicinal purposes
- Publishing an atlas for species at risk, adapted to each First Nation’s territory (includes species’ names, areas of distribution, sites of occurrence and habitat requirements)
- Gathering Traditional Ecological Knowledge to create participatory maps and a scientific data base on species at risk