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Media backgrounder – Kashechewan event - Environmental Communication Options/Huff Strategy

Media backgrounder – Kashechewan event

Feb 21st, 2024 3:03 PM


Omushkego Wahkohtowin

The term “Omushkego” means “the strong people” and is the name that Cree in the region use to describe themselves. “Wahkohtowin” refers to correct relationships between people and the natural world.

The Mushkegowuk Council has embarked on a project – the Omushkego Wahkohtowin – to plans for the lands and waters of the Omushkego Cree. Such a land use plan, agreed between the Omushkego communities and the federal and provincial governments would create the conditions for achieving predictability and stability in the Omushkego Homelands alongside economic development.

This map identifies areas staked for mineral development (in yellow) as of December 2023. The area in green corresponds to the homelands of the First Nations participating in the development of the Omushkego Wahkohtowin, and the offshore area shows the proposed NMCA.
Omushkego Wakhotowin facts

The wetlands of the region are a portion of the largest wetland complex in North America, which is the third largest in the world overall.

It contains the second-largest carbon sink in the world, sequestering approximately 35 gigatons of carbon within its peatlands.

1,287 km of tidal seacoast are in the project area, roughly the distance between Toronto and either Winnipeg or Halifax

The waters contain 20% of Canada’s beluga whales

This is home to the southernmost population of polar bears in the world, some travel as far as 150 km inland along the waterway corridors

It is important spring and summer habitat for as many as 16,000 southern Hudson Bay caribou.

This area is a hotspot used by hundreds of species of breeding and migratory birds

2-3 million migratory snow geese migrate through in the spring and fall

The two bays drain some of Canada’s largest undammed rivers – Severn, Winisk, Attawapiskat, Ekwan and Albany – where the mixing of salt and freshwater results in remarkable productivity for a northern high latitude location.