Forming the Hudson Bay Consortium
The Hudson Bay Consortium has been formed collaboratively based on several years of planning and consultation with communities and organizations around the Hudson Bay and James Bay region, and led to the development of the shared Vision Statement and Guiding Principles presented below. The consortium has been formally launched at the Hudson Bay Summit in Montreal on Feb 27th, 2018. The workshops at the Summit provided opportunities for founding members to determine the next steps for the Consortium moving forward.
To join and help shape the future of the Hudson Bay Consortium, interested groups simply need to provide a letter of support referencing the Vision Statement and Guiding Principles. You are also welcome to suggest an individual to represent your organization on the Steering Committee.
A sample template Letter of Support is provided here as a word document.
Please email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (613)701-0326
VISION STATEMENT AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE HUDSON BAY CONSORTIUM
Encouraging and facilitating cross-jurisdictional and cross-cultural communication, cooperation and collaboration in the pursuit of knowledge and means to protect, improve and steward the greater Hudson Bay/James Bay ecosystem for the primary benefit of the people, flora and fauna that live there.
As the communities, organizations, bodies of indigenous, local and regional governance and other interested partners of the greater Hudson Bay and James Bay coast, we are indicating our commitment to work together as a network through the Hudson Bay Consortium for benefit of present and future generations towards a shared vision and common goals for the environmental stewardship and sustainable development of the greater Hudson Bay/James Bay ecosystem. In this spirit, participants will conduct themselves ethically and fairly, with community wellbeing and environmental stewardship as our priorities. In particular, we will:
- Respect different cultures, values, and the natural environment;
- Work holistically to ensure the Hudson Bay and James Bay ecosystem are managed as a common entity from both physical and human perspectives;
- Recognize Indigenous rights, self-determination and knowledge;
- Communicate and share information towards the pursuit of knowledge and coordination, without impacting the neutrality or decision-making abilities of existing governance and land claim structures;
- Allow all interested groups the opportunity to discuss mutual interests, goals, and responsibilities; and
- Build strong linkages between Indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge towards increased understanding and stewardship of the Hudson Bay-James Bay ecosystem.