Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (BON) is working in partnership with CIER, Living Lakes Canada, Ducks Unlimited- Native Plant Solutions, Native Orchid Conservation Inc, and Debwendon to enhance and restore wetlands within and adjacent to the BON reserve, and to build the capacity of BON (and potentially other First Nations on Lake Winnipeg) to conduct regular wetland monitoring. The ultimate goal is to establish wetland monitoring and hands-on restoration practices that will limit erosion to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg, provide and improve habitat for rare and culturally important species, and provide information to assist BON with planning and collaboration with other First Nations to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.
Since project start, we have completed several important activities for this project. The project team identified priority monitoring areas, trained several community members and one CIER staff in the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Protocol, held a community workshop to identify local concerns and priorities, collected pre-restoration baseline data, developed a draft wetland restoration plan, identified the location of and released beetles to control invasive species (i.e., purple loosestrife) and planned shoreline restoration activities (to be conducted Fall 2017).
This project is funded by several funders including Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (through South Beach Casino's Community Spirit Fund), Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund (Environment Canada), Thomas Sill Foundation, Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Patagonia, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Patvin Foundation, and the Sitka Foundation.