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 is currently in a planning and consultation phase, with open inclusive participation encouraged from all communities and stakeholders. 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 formed to parallel efforts of the Western Hudson Bay Regional Roundtable. We are currently developing and consulting on a shared vision statement for the Consortium with planning underway to host the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit in winter 2018, to formally create the Hudson Bay Consortium, and work together for the long-term environmental stewardship of the region.
Please contact us to indicate your interest in joining the steering committee or otherwise contributing to and following this initiative.
Detailed reports are available from planning meetings to-date.
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
Planning Steering Committee
A Planning 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 and those participating as observers while their organizations work
to formalize involvement. Click here to view the current list of participants and observers.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
The Hudson Bay Consortium initiative is currently being administered by the Arctic Eider Society, a registered charity with a mandate to develop environmental stewardship for the greater Hudson Bay. AES is providing communications, logistics, online infrastructure and contributing to management of secretariat staff until such a time as the Consortium can be created as a separate entity.
Joel Heath (Organizer)
Misha Warbanski (Logistics/Admin/Planning)
Lucassie Arragutainaq (Northern Liaison)
Susan Woodley (interjurisdictional advisor, Government of Nunavut)
Andrew Hamilton (Advisor)