Capacity building, historical traditional ecological knowledge and current status investigation of endangered species on Aboriginal lands of the Restigouche River
This project has several objectives that are related, and will be based on studies to identify individuals and critical habitat of 3 species at risk, the Maritime Ringlet Butterfly, the Harlequin Duck, and the St. Lawrence Aster. The project will be based on traditional and current Mi’gmaq territory in the estuaries of the Restigouche and Nepisiguit rivers and out into the Bay de Chaleur.
Short term- Increased knowledge and awareness of the 3 species at risk on Mi’gmaq land and will promote more careful use of the critical and key habitat that might harbour these species.
Long term- Development of sustainable urban plans for the First Nations communities in the area that will incorporate the protection of the critical habitat of species at risk in both Quebec and New Brunswick, as the Restigouche River estuary divides these two provinces, while the Nepisiguit estuary is in New Brunswick.
Project Funding Source: Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk (AFSAR)