Schedule

Our schedule is still being finalized. Please check back soon for updates. 

Community Day- Wednesday, October 28th

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8:00am – 4:00pm

Fish Tank Youth Competition (Invite only)

The Fish Tank is back! Teams of high school students can join us in October for 3 virtual workshops to learn sampling techniques you can use at home, then use their new skills to compete in our virtual Fish Tank case competition on October 28th where the winning team will take home a $500 cash prize. Workshops may include: Plant Identification, Soil Geology, Water Quality, and Aquatic Invertebrate Identification. 

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9:15am-9:45am

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Fishing Apps and Technology for Fisherman

By: Lawrence Gunther, Blue Fish Canada

Recreational fishery researchers are increasingly turning to anglers to serve as citizen scientists. No longer to just report tagged fish, but to use angler apps like the Canadian-made MyCatch app from Angler Atlas. The app automatically tracks a wide variety of datasets such as angler effort and location, while calling on the anglers themselves to enter crucial details about the fish they are capturing, releasing or harvesting. This presentation will provide examples from across Canada on how such apps are successfully being used by researchers to measure fish health, and the potential of such tools to regulate recreational fisheries in future. 

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9:45am-10:15am

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Rapport Sur le Grand Fleuve:  Rapport sur la santé des écosystèmes du fleuve Haut-Saint-Laurent

By: Dr. Mary Ann Perron, River Institute

Le River Institute dirige un projet qui s’appelle le rapport sur le grand fleuve, un rapport sur la santé des écosystèmes du Haut-Saint-Laurent. Le rapport est encadré dans l’Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (l’Action de grâce récitée par les Haudenosaunee) et développé en partenariat avec les Mohawks d’Akwesasne. Dr Mary Ann Perron présentera une mise à jour du projet, une introduction aux indicateurs écologiques et un résumé du retour de l’information sur le projet de la communauté francophone.

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10:15am-10:45am

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Great River Rapport: An ecosystem health report on the Upper St. Lawrence River

By: Dr. Leigh McGaughey, River Institute

The River Institute is leading a project called the Great River Rapport which is a report on the health of the St Lawrence River. Framed in the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (Thanksgiving Address) and developed in partnership with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Dr McGaughey will present an update on the project, highlight the concerns of the communities along the river and provide information on the ecological indicators that are being developed to reflect the health of the river. 

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10:45am-11:45am

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Science Panel Q&A with Dr. Brian Hickey, Dr. Jeff Ridal, Dr. Jerome Marty, Lawrence Gunther (MSc), &  Matt Windle (MSc)

Chaired by: Dr. Leigh McGaughey and Dr. Mary Ann Perron, River Institute

The Science Q&A will allow members of the public to ask questions of scientists related to the talks from the morning and address other questions that the audience might have regarding the St Lawrence River ecosystem 

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11:45am-12:15am

Lunch Break

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12:15pm-1:00pm

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Canada’s environment is changing fast — and a lot of it has to do with water

By: Jérôme Marty, Council of Canadian Academies

From its role in the very foundation of our cities to the simple beauty and mystery aquatic life provides in our own backyards, H2O is an essential part of our daily lives. Although we are fortunate to have a lot of water in Canada, scientists are reporting  many changes that influence both water quantity and water quality. Using a combination of medias, Jérôme will make the case for why H2O is perhaps the most important molecule of all and why it needs our protection.

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1:30pm-4:00pm

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Talking Waters: Community Discussion (Invite Only)

Abraham Francis and Jacey Hall, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Environment Program

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne will be hosting an open discussion with the Indigenous community to consider the concerns around the St Lawrence River and create a vision for the future. Participation by invitation only.

Science Day- Thursday, October 29th

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9:00am – 9:10am

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Mohawk Thanksgiving Address

Abraham Francis, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

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9:10am – 9:55am

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Guest Speaker: Abraham Francis, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Kaniatarowanenneh (St. Lawrence River): Akwesasronon Relationships Across Time
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9:55am – 10:00am

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Orientation

Join us to review the layout of the symposium and how to access the scientific presentations, virtual poster sessions, and booths.
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10:00am-12:00pm

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Scientific Sessions

More details coming soon.
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12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

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1:00pm - 1:45pm

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Guest Speaker: Fin Donnelly, Rivershed Society of British Columbia 

Watershed CPR : A path to heal and protect the Fraser River

Healthy watersheds provide an essential role in ecosystems services which in turn benefit people and all living things. Healthy ecosystems sustain our communities and our economies.  The Rivershed Society of British Columbia is working within a Watershed CPR (conserve, protect, restore) framework to address the emergency facing the Fraser Watershed.  Watershed CPR includes a proactive, preventative, healthcare approach to critical watershed health issues. By conserving and protecting watersheds, communities may reduce, even avoid, costly restorative actions (e.g. repairing habitat, preventing flooding, species loss and pollution, etc.).  Fin will explain how the Watershed CPR framework is advancing ecosystem resilience on the Fraser. 

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2:00pm - 4:45pm

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Scientific Sessions

More details coming soon.
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4:45pm - 5:00pm

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Closing Ceremonies

Abraham Francis, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

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