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The Great Lakes: The First Nations, Métis Nation and Tribal Perspective

  • Fort William Historical Park 1350 King Road Thunder Bay, ON, P7K 1L7 Canada (map)

The IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board will host a panel discussion with local and regional experts to discuss their unique perspectives of the Great Lakes, long-term challenges, and their impacts on indigenous people. The public is invited to attend this free event and participate in the conversation.

Panelists include:

  • Harold Michon, Commercial Fisherman and Elder, Rocky Bay First Nations
  • Dean Jacob, Consultation Manager, Walpole Island First Nations
  • Dr. Robert Stewart, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and the Environment, Lakehead University
  • James Wagar, Manager of Natural Resources and Consultation, Métis Nation of Ontario

The session will be moderated by Water Quality Board member Mark Mattson, President of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

“This meeting comes at a perfect time for the Board and the Commission,” said Board Canadian co-chair Rob deLoe. “We are eager to enhance our connections with these communities, and to hear what they consider to be the key challenges or threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem.”

Watch via livestream