RFP – Documentary Film Production of SON Fisheries

The Fisheries Assessment Program has issued a Request for Proposals to produce two short high-quality documentary films about fisheries research projects being conducted by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and partner organizations including Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Parks Canada and Trent University.

The short films will be targeted at the SON membership and used to engage members in our fisheries research. The films will also be used to inform and educate non-Indigenous communities as well, and help build bridges between them and the SON.

Interested film makers are invited to carefully read the RFP for additional project details and submission requirements.

Proposals must be received no later than June 28, 2021.

Fisheries Community Information Session

The Fisheries Assessment Program will be hosting an online community information session for Saugeen FN and Chippewas of Nawash UFN about ongoing and proposed fisheries research. The session will be held on April 21, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PM.

We will be giving a brief explanation of the following exciting Fisheries projects: Together with Giigoonyag initiative, SON/OMNRF Stocking Review, and Lake Whitefish and Lake Trout Interactions. We will also be introducing our project partners: Bagida’waad Alliance, Lakehead University, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Parks Canada, Queen’s University, and Trent  University.

The information session will be open to all Saugeen FN and Chippewas of Nawash UFN members. The session will be held online using Zoom. If you have any questions or would like this information to be sent via email, please reach out to Alexander Duncan at 226-668-5221 or aduncan.nawash@gmail.com.

The session will start on April 21, at 6:00 PM.

  • Join the meeting using your browser at https://bit.ly/3dZGPlQ.
  • Or join by phone by dialing +1 438 809 7799, and entering meeting ID: 811 8302 8943.

Together with Giigoonyag – Acoustic Telemetry

As part of the Together with Giigoonyag initiative we will be tagging 50 whitefish for the purpose of telemetry at Government Dock and in Nottawasaga Bay beginning this month. Tagged fish will have an easily noticeable external tag and internal transmitter (see image above). If found, a $100 reward will be provided for these fish, their harvest location, and tags. DO NOT sell, trade, or consume the tagged fish. These fish will contain an anesthetic, MS-222, that will remain in their tissue up to a month. It is not safe to consume these fish.

For more information, please contact: Ryan Lauzon at 519-375-1012 or Alexander Duncan at 226-668-5221.

Learn more about the Acoustic Telemetry research.

Free Outdoor Fish Canning Workshop

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 to 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 aduncan.nawash@gmail.com.

Miigwetch! We look forward to hearing from you!