East Hudson Bay/James Bay Regional Roundtable, Timmins, ON Jan. 30-31st, 2019

2019 Roundtable Report

Background

The second East Hudson Bay/James Bay Regional Roundtable meeting is being hosted by the Mushkegowuk Council in Timmins Ontario Jan 30th and 31st 2019. The meeting is timed to coincide with the Mushkegowuk Climate Summit earlier in the week, which will maximize participation from remote communities and provide unique opportunities for networking, sharing knowledge and coordinating stewardship across the unique ecosystems of James Bay and south-east Hudson Bay.

A joint banquet on Jan 30th will bring together participants from both meetings for a fun evening of networking, music and a keynote talk by Valerie Courtois, Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative since 2013 and responsible for managing the Innu nation Environmental Guardians Program. This will be an excellent opportunity for communities interested in learning about starting their own guardian/stewardship programs.

To facilitate participation of northern communities the Mushkegowuk Council is providing a charter for participants from Mushkegowuk communities and the Hudson Bay Consortium is providing a charter between LaGrande and Kuujjuaraapik/Whapmagoostui to Timmins.

AGENDA

The meeting will build on the outcomes of the Hudson Bay Summit and first East Hudson Bay/James Bay Regional Roundtable hosted by the Cree Nation of Chisasibi in 2016. A regional initiative of the Hudson Bay Consortium, the meeting will focus on bringing together James Bay and south-east Hudson Bay communities and organizations from Nunavik, Eeyou Marine Region, Mushkegowuk and Nunavut (Sanikiluaq), regional and Federal agencies and any groups interested in the long-term stewardship of the region. Participation is open to anyone, though individuals are expected to respect the Vision Statement and Guiding Principles on which the Hudson Bay Consortium was founded.

The first day of the meeting will focus on presentations from keynote speakers on ongoing research and stewardship activities. The second day will engage participants in discussions and workshops focused on key ongoing themes established at the Hudson Bay Summit, including Coordinating Research and Stewardship, Protected Areas, Coastal Restoration and Communications. A detailed agenda will be available early in January.

REGISTER NOW – Registration closes Jan. 11th, 2019. Book now to secure your space on the charter.

ACCOMMODATIONS discount is also only available until Jan. 7th, 2019 so please book now directly with the hotel to receive the most affordable rate for your room.

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