In collaboration with the Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board (EMRWB), ArcticNet is organizing the 2014 Symposium on Science and Traditional Knowledge in the Eeyou Marine Region to be held in Montreal from 25 to 27 March 2014.

Final Report

  Final Report


  Short program
  Full program (with abstracts)

The major goal of the symposium is to take stock of the state of scientific and traditional environmental knowledge in the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR) to help identify future research priorities within the framework of the Research Fund awarded to the EMRWB. The emphasis will be on the marine environment of James Bay and southeastern Hudson Bay.

The symposium will help gather knowledge and data relating to the following themes, without limitation:

  • Overview of agreements on land claims between the Eeyou Istchee, Nunavik and Nunavut on the one hand and the Federal Government on the other.
  • The physical and biological oceanography of James Bay and southeastern Hudson Bay.
  • Paleo-climatic changes in the environment of the EMR.
  • The effects of climate change on James Bay and southeastern Hudson Bay ecosystems.
  • Patterns of seasonal migration of fish and marine mammals of the EMR.
  • Traditional environmental knowledge of the ecosystems of the EMR.
  • The use of the EMR and its resources.


  Eeyou Marine Region Agreement
  Cree Offshore Agreement – Summary
  Cree Offshore Agreement – Executive Summary
  Symposium Poster

Symposium Presentations

Session 1

Côté, Alexandre-Guy
  Environnement Canada et la mise en oeuvre de l’ARTRME

Sauriol, Monique Lucie
  Modern Treaties in Quebec and the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement

Session 2

Arragutainaq, Lucassie
pdf  Traditional Knowledge on Cumulative Impacts in the Hudson Bay/James Bay Marine Region

Craik, Brian
pdf  People, History and Environment in James Bay

Denton, David
  Tracing the ‘People of the sea’: Archeaology and the History of the Eeyou Marine Region

Gallant, Roger
  Input of Traditional Knowledge in COSEWIC Species Assessment in the EMR

Session 3

Gerrard, Pauline and Woodley, Susan
  Connecting the Bay: Hudson Bay Inland sea Initiative

McGinley, Robin
  Development of Tourism in the EMR

Morin, Graeme
  Acquisition and Dissemination of Environmental and Social Knowledge on the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory

Tremblay, Alain and Durocher, Carine
  Saltwater Intrusion into Rupert Bay Environmental Follow-Up 2010

Session 4

Barber, David (Presenter: Greg McCullough)
  Trends, Variability and Change in Hudson Bay Climate

Brown, Ross
  Climate Observations and Projections for the Eeyou Marine Region

Rodon, Thierry and Saganash, Nadia
  Climate Change in Eeyou Istchee: Identification of Impacts and Adaptation Measures

Kuzyk, Zou Zou
  Freshwater Sources and Distribution in the Hudson and James Bay System

Session 5

Dunn, Marc
  Ecology of the Rupert Bay Cisco Populations

Scott, Colin
  Tawich (Marine) Protected Area Initiative: Ecology, Culture and Community in Protected Area Creation

Tremblay, Jean-Éric
  The Pelagic Marine Ecosystem of the Hudson Bay/James Bay region

Session 6

Humphries, Murray
  The Inter-Ecology of the Eeyou Marine Region

Session 7

Heath, Joel
  Development of an Hudson/James Bay Community Based Research Network

Juniper, Kim
  Smart Oceans North : Community-Based Cabled Ocean Observatories

Scott, Katherine
  (More than) 100 Years of Research in the Eeyou Marine Region

Organizing Committee

Jules Dufour (Chair), Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board (EMRWB)
Claude Saint-Charles, Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board (EMRWB)
Aurélie Bourbeau-Lemieux, The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Chantal Tétreault, The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Martin Fortier, Executive Director, ArcticNet

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