Grand Communications Route
This is a story about the beautiful river Wolastoq, or as it is commonly known, the Saint John River. The Wolastoq was part of the earliest communication routes in Canada.
Maliseet Nation Conservation Council (MNCC) in collaboration with the Fredericton Fish and Game Association has successfully completed the MacIntosh Brook Fish Enhancement Program in July, 2013. MacIntosh Brook is a tributary to the Saint John River (SJR) at Kingsclear, New Brunswick and former salmon habitat. There were three manmade structures on the stream impeding upstream fish passage. It was estimated that more than 33000 m2 of good quality spawning and rearing habitat would be available for salmon if passage was provided at these three locations. During the current phase of the project, the old concrete dam at the mouth of the brook was dismantled which immediately provided access to 2500 m2 of stream habitat.
MNCC has conducted summer science camps for Maliseet youths to educate them about the environment, biology and ecology of the wildlife species that are of traditional significance to Maliseet First Nations. Introduction and promotion of aboriginal youth towards careers in science had been another objective of the program.
MNCC has been working with the AFS program of St. Mary’s First Nation (SMFN) since 2008. We designed and executed experimental eel fishing in the St. John River and culvert surveys in the St. John River watershed (near Fredericton). A few years later MNCC has developed a study program to survey culverts in the St. John River watershed with the help of Fundy Model Forest. In 2013, MNCC has started working with Woodstock and Tobique First Nations as well. We designed a culvert survey for Woodstock First Nation and experimental eel fisheries project for Tobique First Nation to be conducted under AFS program.