The Hudson Bay Consortium was formally launched at the Hudson Bay Summit in Montreal on Feb 27th, 2018. Watch the hilights video here:
Stay tuned for updates to this site as we move forward from the planning phase to implementing the Consortium. Interested parties can join by sending a letter of support referencing the Vision Statement here.
The greater Hudson Bay and James Bay complex is a critical ecosystem for wildlife and the communities that rely on them. It’s historical significance is rivaled only by its huge potential for further economic development. Yet it remains one of the least funded and understudied regions of Canada, and lacks an integrated governance structure. Inter-jurisdictional challenges continue to complicate research and stewardship efforts. The Hudson Bay Consortium is a coordinated effort among communities and stakeholders to work together towards a shared vision for the region, including planning, protected areas, sustainable development, coordinated research, monitoring, integrated management and stewardship.
To provide context for the history of efforts leading to the current Consortium initiative, we compiled a “Timeline of Environmental Stewardship Efforts” document
A variety of documents have also been prepared to identify the need, priorities, challenges and options for creating a Consortium:
A long history of stewardship efforts by many groups has brought us to where we are today. The Hudson Bay Consortium has been officially launched at the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit in February 2018 during which over 150 participants coming from 27 Hudson and James bays communities and 97 organizations attended the meeting. Since our first coordination meeting, a planning secretariat and steering committee have been formed, and an East Hudson Bay/James Bay Regional Roundtable has been established to parallel efforts of the Western Hudson Bay Regional Roundtable. A shared vision statement for the Consortium has been developed collaboratively building on feedback from and consultations with communities and organizations , with the objective to work together for the long-term environmental stewardship of the region.
The Hudson Bay Consortium is now in the process of renewing the steering committee and forming working groups to address priorities related to protected areas, coastal restoration, environmental monitoring and communications.
Please contact us to indicate your interest in joining the steering committee, working groups, or otherwise contributing to and following this initiative.
Detailed reports are available from planning meetings to-date.
Montréal, Feb 2018 – Hudson Bay Summit
The inaugural Hudson Bay Summit was held in Montréal from Feb 27 to Mar 01, 2018. This meeting brought together 150+ participants from 27 communities around James Bay and Hudson Bay and from various organizations to launch the Hudson Bay Consortium, to discuss priorities related to protected areas, coastal restoration, community-driven research and monitoring, and elders and youth engagement in the consortium during thematic workshops. These concerted efforts seek on facilitating self-determination in environmental stewardship and its interconnectedness with Indigenous stewardship.
Ottawa, Dec 2014 - Start-up Planning Meeting
An initial meeting held in Ottawa on December 9, 2014 began the
planning process for forming a Consortium with broad participation from 100+ key
stakeholders indicating a clear need and shared goals for creating a Hudson Bay
Ottawa Dec 2014 Meeting Report
The first East Hudson Bay/James Bay Regional Roundtable meeting was
held in Chisasibi from Nov 7th-9th, 2016. It brought together broad representation from
the region, paralleling ongoing efforts through a western Hudson Bay roundtable and
establishing key next steps for priorities including protected areas, research
coordination, options for structuring the Consortium and formalizing a vision statement
to facilitate its creation. Visit the meeting
page for the full meeting video, presentations, details and
Chisasibi Nov 2016 Meeting Report
The Steering Committee has been formed to guide the collaborative process of creating the Hudson Bay Consortium. This is an open and inclusive group that includes individuals who have formally joined as members by providing a letter of support and were appointed by their communities or organizations.
Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved with the steering committee.
Working groupsThe Hudson Bay Consortium is establishing working groups based on key themes identified during the Summit. The four main working groups will include Protected Areas, Coastal Restoration, Coordinating Research and Monitoring, and Communications. Please Contact Us to get involved.