We are so excited to announce that Collective Environmental is working in partnership with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Fisheries Assessment Program and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office on this Smart Great Lakes Project!
Bima’azh (to track along or to follow trail along)
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Fisheries Assessment Program | Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office | Collective Environmental Consulting
Ryan Lauzon | Kathleen Ryan | Mary Claire-Buell | Alexander T. Duncan
Over the past two decades, Lake Huron has undergone drastic changes, resulting in the decline of dikameg (lake whitefish; Coregonus clupeaformis) throughout the lake. Dikameg are a socio-ecologically important fish species that play a vital role in the ecosystems of Lake Huron. Since time immemorial, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) have harvested dikameg for ceremony, trade, and subsistence, developing a strong cultural connection and understanding of this fish species. By applying a two-eyed seeing approach, Bima’azh (to track or to follow trail along) will further our understanding of dikameg habitat and behaviour on a fine spatial scale.
Smart-technology (e.g., acoustic telemetry, remotely operated underwater vehicle), SON-based ecological knowledge, and education will be used to collect and share information on dikameg.
By generating data on the fine spatial scale behaviours, habitat, and movements of dikameg, and by working with the SON, we will obtain a more holistic understanding of dikameg’s relationship to their habitats in the SON Territory and address the SON’s concerns and questions about their decline. Bima’azh will build capacity, assess the status of dikameg habitat, provide an example of two-eyed seeing and smart-technology, and inform decision making to ensure dikameg thrive for another seven generations.