Neyaashiinigmiing Species at Risk
The Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash) Species at Risk program collects and shares knowledge on species at risk, their habitats, and their needs, at Neyaashiinigmiing, the Nawash Hunting Grounds, and the Traditional Territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Since 2007, the program has done thousands of hours of field surveys, interviewed elders to gather Traditional Ecological Knowledge, provided training opportunities for youth and community members, worked with students at Cape Croker School, and raised awareness about species at risk in the community at large. Prior to this project, very little information was available on the locations, population sizes, habitat quality and potential threats to species at risk in the area. The knowledge gathered during the project is helping us, as a community, to care for the species that are in need of our help.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw;
for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit,
and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
-- Black Elk
The project has been made possible thanks to the support of Chippewas of Nawash (Unceded) First Nation and Environment Canada’s Aboriginal Funds for Species At Risk Program.