Phase 1 Recap
The first weeks of the project commenced with researching previous Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments in other Atlantic Region communities. This was to understand the technical expertise utilized, the inclusion of the cultural landscape and to understand the value of Cultural Values Vulnerability Assessment mapping. This was necessary to understand how to make this project relevant to the communities and how to effectively engage them. Within the limited timeframe, the second task was to determine the course of action for the Assessment. An initial contact was made with Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy coordinators from Kingclear, St.Mary’s, and Oromocto First Nations. Because of the time constraint, it was felt that there would not be enough time to have information sessions in each of the communities. Instead, the format that was decided upon was an interview process. A list of names was produced by the contacts made in the communities, the list comprised of Elders and knowledgeable people who utilized the land and watershed. The maps that were used were produced by our contact Edward (Ted) Mackinnon from NR Can. A meeting was set up to discuss the details needed in the maps for the interviews which included the community areas and their proximity to the watershed. During this time, a presentation and an information sheet were established which provide the project objectives. A list of questions and consent forms were also produced to assist in guiding the interviews. The presentation and the information sheet were translated into Maliseet language for communities usage.
By later weeks of the project, thirty interviews were set up to collect the data on the watershed. Some of the interviewees came into MNCC office and some interviews were done in the communities. Each individual was provided with a map and were asked to identify what they see as valuable and placed a coloured sticker dot on their map. Each coloured sticker dot represented values such as Economic, Recreational, Spiritual/Cultural, Life Sustaining, and Special places.
During the final week of the project, the maps were scanned and organized into community themes so that they could be sent off for the final stage of the project, the final report. The data was collated into a report that can be shared with the communities from where it had originated from the study.
MNCC will complete the Cultural Value Vulnerability Assessment mapping exercise that began with Phase 1, with the remaining 3 Maliseet Communities. Data will be collated from each and they will receive their own report. We will introduce and begin working with 3 other Maliseet communities on utilizing the PIEVC Protocol (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee) to study vulnerability for those communities. The PIEVC model will be implemented into the communities by a professional firm, One Sky International Environmental Services (OSI), who has been hired to co-facilitate this project. This will prepare our Maliseet communities to effectively engage in Climate Change planning, adaptation and mitigation. OSI has extensive experience delivering the PIEVC Protocol in other Atlantic First Nations communities. Our first step is getting an Advisory Committee together in each community. This will be followed with Advisory Committee meetings and Community Engagement Sessions.