Through our collaborative partnership with The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG) and The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM), we are engaging with the local and Mi’kmaq communities to gather local and traditional knowledge that will guide the prioritization and selection of restoration sites and map knowledge of historic, contemporary and degraded tidal wetland sites.
Our engagement is guided by ethical principles and best practice standards which uphold communities’ rights to traditional knowledge and foster communities’ sense of ownership of the restoration project happening in these important ecosystems in their own backyard.
We are in the process of holding community engagement sessions across the region and conducting a traditional knowledge study.
We held a number of community engagement sessions throughout the region. Pictured is our engagement specialist, Merydie Ross explaining the project to attendees at the Pictou Landing First Nation (PLFN).
Community members also have an opportunity to complete a Community Knowledge Survey to share their knowledge and stories about salt marshes. The results from the sessions and community knowledge survey combined will allow the public to provide direct input into the project and will ultimately help the project team and partners select sites to restore.