Free Outdoor Fish Canning Workshop

Outdoor Land-based Learning
Proudly presented by the Kikendaasogamig Healthy Living Program, Family Well-Being, and the Fisheries Assessment Program.

Learn how to can fresh fish, from start to finish!

  • Clean and fillet your own fish
  • Prepare for canning
  • The canning process
  • Take home the finished product

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Maadookii Seniors Centre

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop, as space is limited. Call 519-534-4445 and leave a message to register.

Lunch will be provided. Unfortunately, no transportation is available. This event will be conducted outside. Please dress according to the weather.

COVID-19 is a health risk to all ages. Please bring and wear your mask. Masks and hand sanitizer will also be available at the event. Participants are expected to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters/6 feet from each other.


Employment Opportunity – Fisheries Literature Review

The SON Fisheries Assessment Program Together with Giigoonyag initiative is seeking analytical, detailed, self-motivated individuals to conduct a paid review of fisheries-related literature. This project will provide an overview of the existing knowledge about fish stocking in Lake Huron and the SON’s traditional territory by reviewing academic literature from peer-reviewed sources, books, grey literature, and documents produced by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The review will identify key gaps and uncertainties in the literature that have yet to be addressed by the scientific or research community and help to inform the creation of the SON’s Goals and Objectives for the Fishery.

The literature review has been divided into four chapters: Ecosystem (APPENDIX I); Food Security and Health (APPENDIX II); Culture, Spirituality, and Social (APPENDIX III); and Economics (APPENDIX IV). We anticipate a different reviewer for each chapter, although an applicant may submit a proposal for multiple chapters. These contract opportunities will be compensated according the chapter being reviewed.

Please read the project Call for Applications for much more information and application instructions.

Applications Open for Together with Giigoonyag Committee

Under the title “Together with Giigoonyag”, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) is embarking on a 5-year study to investigate lake whitefish and fish stocking in the Territorial waters. This study comprises several different projects that are focused on different aspects of the fishery and the lake. The main goal is to learn more about lake whitefish in Lake Huron, and to use that information to create a community-based Action Plan to address fisheries-related issues. A defining principle of this research is to include SON communities at all stages of the study and give the SON control of the process. To meaningfully engage with the membership, the Together with Giigoonyag Committee will be formed to guide the research and provide community input. Individuals who sit on this committee will be given the opportunity to engage with our project partners (Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and make decisions on how to conduct the projects. Committee members will play an important role by sharing their thoughts, concerns, and ideas. 

The Together with Giigoonyag Committee will be composed of nine (9) members: four (4) from the Joint Fisheries Committee, one (1) from Bagida-waad Alliance, two (2) from Saugeen, and two (2) from Nawash. In addition to Committee members, employees from the Fisheries Assessment Program and our project partners will be involved. SON members applying for this committee must commit to day meetings that may last up to 7.5 hours. Honoraria will be available for Committee members in attendance at every meeting ($100/full day, $50/half day). The Together with Giigoonyag Committee will meet at least once every quarter. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding Committee meetings over the internet for the foreseeable future.

The projects are as follows:

  • Telemetry (2020-2025)
  • Habitat and shoal assessment (2020-2025)
  • Indicator monitoring and index netting (2020-2025)
  • Addressing fish stocking and determining SON’s goals and objectives (2020-2025)
  • Community knowledge interviews (2021)
  • Whitefish larval assessments (2021-2025)

Apply online below, or download a printable form from the Fisheries Assessment Program page. Paper application forms are also available from the Fisheries Assessment Office, 50 Farm Road, Neyaashiinigmiing, N0H 2T0.

For more information, please contact Alexander Duncan, Fisheries Assessment Research Coordinator, by telephone at 226-668-5221, or by email at

Miigwetch! We look forward to hearing from you!

Fisheries Assessment Program Launches New Research Initiative

The Chippewas of Nawash Fisheries Assessment Program is pleased to announce a partnership with Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in conducting important research. Later this year, a Together with Giigoonyag Committee will be formed. The committee, composed entirely of SON community members, will provide direction and inform the research process. Here are some of the upcoming projects and their planned years of operation:

Radio Telemetry (2020-2025)
– To track and understand movements of whitefish and lake trout.

Addressing Fish Stocking (2020-2025)
– To address the issues surrounding fish stocking and determine the SON’s goals and objectives.

Whitefish Habitat and Shoal Assessment (2020-2025)
– To gauge the status of whitefish habitat and spawning shoals.

Indicator Monitoring and Index Netting (2020-2025)
– To develop indicators to assess and monitor fish species of interest.

Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Interviews (2021)
– To investigate the SON’s collective knowledge of whitefish and lake trout.

Whitefish Larval Assessment (2021-2025)
– To assess and monitor whitefish larvae.

For more information, please contact Ryan Lauzon or Alexander Duncan of the Chippewas of Nawash Fisheries Assessment Program.

Fisheries Assessment Biologist
Ryan Lauzon
Tel: 519-375-1012

Fisheries Research Coordinator
Alexander Duncan
Tel: 226-668-5221