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Webinar – Indigenous-led STREAM Projects

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

General Information on STREAM Webinar Series

The purpose of this four-part webinar series hosted by Living Lakes Canada is to introduce the STREAM (Sequencing The Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring) project to anyone interested in community-based water monitoring.

Guest presenters will include representatives from University of Guelph, WWF-Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and participating water monitoring groups and First Nations. Recordings of the webinars will be made available on our website.

Webinar – Indigenous-led STREAM Projects

Thursday, May 27 10am-11am PT/11am-12pm MT/1pm-2pm ET

  • This webinar will feature Indigenous-led, community-based water monitoring programs.
  • The Dane nan yḗ dāh (Kaska Land Guardian) program participated in the STREAM pilot project in 2018 and now work in collaboration with the Province to monitor CABIN sites. The project builds upon the existing Dene Nan Yedah environmental monitoring program to include water quality and benthic invertebrate monitoring, ensuring that there is sufficient baseline data to inform future development decisions. At the same time, this collaboration will further the efforts to create a network of Guardians programs (Tanya Ball).
  • The Blueberry River First Nations took CABIN/STREAM training in 2019 and are continuing to build out their monitoring programs to achieve their goal of reciprocal restoration, to rehabilitate degraded ecosystems while promoting cultural revitalization (Mae Whyte).
  • The Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) is a collaboration between the Province and First Nations in northern BC. The goals of ESI are to develop a new collaborative approach to generating high quality, accessible and trusted environmental information. The scope of ESI includes four key areas: 1) ecosystem assessment and monitoring; 2) ecosystem restoration and enhancement; 3) ecosystem research and knowledge exchange; 4) stewardship education and training. Five Nations of ESI, including Witset First Nation, Office of the Wet’suwet’en,, Gitxsan, Gitanyow and Lake Babine Nation have participated in the STREAM project to better understand trends in aquatic biodiversity related to climate change, and impacts of land and water use on aquatic ecosystems over time. This is especially important to these First Nations given their reliance on salmon as a key food source (Dallas Nikal).

To learn more, or to register, visit Webinar Registration page – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rf0A914CRh6u4YaIfm9M_A.

If you have any questions about the STREAM Webinar Series or the STREAM program, please contact Living Lakes Canada STREAM Program Manager Raegan Mallinson at: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca

(Information Source: Living Lakes Canada website)