GMRC Shares Knowledge with Indigenous Land Based Masters Cohort

Did you know Atlantic salmon have ear bones called otoliths? Students from the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Land Based Masters cohort learned this fact yesterday at the Aboriginal Heritage Garden in Ugpi’ganjig. Staff from the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council met with the students yesterday to share their knowledge on the research being conducted. One of those projects is collecting salmon heads from community members, so GMRC can retrieve the otoliths. The Masters students watched as GMRC Director of Research Carole-Anne Gillis cut open a salmon head revealing the small, hard, white ear bones. She explained how the otoliths have rings similar to those on a tree that tells the story of where the salmon has travelled and its growth. growth.