Posted: April 12, 2016
On February 11th, 2016, four first nation schools were brought together for a third and final workshop of Anqotum Resource Management’s Promoting Lifelong Learning project.
In the fall of 2015, Anqotum, along with Esgenoopetitj First Nation, Elsipogtog First Nation, Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation and Natoaganeg First Nations, conducted research of their community brooks to measure the salinity levels, identify species that live within their brooks along with vegetation, and to discuss concepts of stewardship. The focus of this year’s program was an “adopt-a-brook” project by each school. In workshop #1, the grade four classes at each school had the opportunity to visit their local brook. Here, we were able take advantage of the many uses of technology used to enhance our research within the environment. Drones and underwater cameras were just the many tools the kids had at their disposal. With our drone and underwater camera, aerial and underwater footage was captured to further broaden their environmental research. In some instances, the students were able to identify close to 100 different wildlife and vegetation species, which were crucial and specific to their community ecosystem or “adopted brook”. Workshop #2 featured an in-class presentation about their community brook. For the first time ever, they were able to see the footage that was captured from the technology and needles to say, they were ecstatic. This presented an opportunity for Anqotum to teach them about four endangered species within their territories - Atlantic Sturgeon, Striped Bass, Atlantic Salmon, and the Wood Turtle.
Finally, on February 11th, 2016 each school arrived at the Cineplex in Miramichi and following the Opening Prayer with a local Elder, were more than ready to present their “adopt-a-brook” project, with the hopes of being awarded the grand prize for the best presentation. Each of the four schools made 10-15 minute presentations that included videos featuring community elder interviews, aerial and underwater footage, props, posters, etc. In the end, after some outstanding presentations, Metepenagiag School was awarded the grand prize of a digital microscope for their science lab. All of the activities, prizes, t-shirts, and junior wilderness kits given to each student as well as complimentary snack and lunch was made possible through generous donations from local businesses and regional organizations and the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Funding for Species at Risk program. To all of them – Wela’lieg/Thank you! The North Shore Micmac District Council (NSMDC, has established Anqotum Resource Management as an Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management (AAROM) body to provide support for its member First Nations. Those First Nations are Elsipogtog, Buctouche, Eel Ground, Eel River Bar, Fort Folly, Indian Island, Metepenagiag and Pabineau First Nations. The (AAROM) Program is a vehicle for First Nations to establish a permanent presence in the Canadian Fishing Industry by developing a strategy focused on capacity building, combining resources, and strengthening relationships with all stakeholders .