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Nisga’a Fisheries & Wildlife is planning to repeat the Nisga’a Youth Marine Stewardship Program in 2010 with its partners. Direct and in-kind funds from Nisga’a Lisims Government and LGL Limited valued at $17,400 have already been committed to the program. Delivery of the program is contingent on receiving an additional $16,000 requested from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP, Fisheries & Oceans/Environment Canada) in November 2009, for release in June 2010.
So what can we expect..? for full details please read on...for previous CoastWatch blogs, check out our group via nnkn/NLG/Fisheries&Wildlife/Coastwatch.
For more info:
Please contact Blair Stewart, Coastal Manager, Nisga'a Fisheries & Wildlife
Our youth have a story that needs telling… they must be a part of protecting and restoring Nass coastal marine species at risk, critical habitat, and traditional knowledge of marine resource uses”. While several marine species are used as agents of this program, the abalone will be the Nisga’a Coast Watch keystone species for promoting best management practices, conservation and protection of marine resources in Northern BC and Nass Coastal Waters. Key information was gathered from youth journals, mind map exercises, and open dialogue with Nisga’a youth (ages 6-12) to help develop a program that meets the needs of our youth and Nisga’a citizens.
Please read on and review a "Draft Youth Community Action Plan", brainstormed by Nisga'a Fisheries & Wildlife, our partners, and Nisga'a Youth (Marine Stewardship summer camp).
We welcome your feedback, this is your community, your resources. your heritage, your future. Please get Involved.
Call Blair Stewart, Coastal Manager, Nisga'a Fisheries & Wildlife
Talent waiting to be discovered
Students from the Valley and as far away as Squamish participated in our exciting 2-week Nisga'a Youth Marine Stewardship summer camp in August, 2009.
One component of our Nisga’a Youth Marine Stewardship program, delivered by Nisga’a Fisheries and Wildlife, was to share the world’s knowledge about clean water conservation in a creative and dynamic way. The Wyland Foundation presents the largest most comprehensive, Internet-driven art and science clean water education program in history. The hope is ensuring students throughout the world have the tools necessary to meet the environmental challenges that lie ahead in the 21st Century.
Check out the whole article, and our upcoming, talented, Artist/Marine Biologists !
For more info on how to get your kids involved in our 2010 Program, call:
Blair Stewart, Coastal Manager, Nisga'a Fisheries & Wildlife, 250-633-2617.
Outreach, Education, & Activism For Marine Conservation & Biodiversity: Developing A Nisga’a Youth Coast Watch Program.
The first ever marine conservation Nisga’a youth camp was delivered in August 2009. Support was overwhelming, and the successes will be with us for years to come.
Our goal for the camp was to provide Nisga’a Youth with:
- Increased level of awareness with marine environmental problems;
- Knowledge (experiential and scientific) about the marine environment;
- Attitudes that foster concern for the marine environment;
- Skills for dealing with environmental problems; and
- Eco-action initiatives to make positive changes for themselves, family, community, environment, and resources.
Reflections from 2009 -
Our Nisga'a Youth have a story to tell (Please Read on).Continue reading.
Eulachon are an extremely important food source to many First Nations on the Pacific coast and play a significant role in the cultural heritage of the Nisga'a Nation. Although eulachon were once plentiful in most spawning rivers in BC, their runs appear to have declined in a number of rivers, particularly in southern areas (Klinaklini, Wannock, and Fraser). We hear of stocks on the Skeena and in Kemano showing signs of ‘stress' .