Lake Huron plays important role for Historic Saugeen Métis

(Posted: August 8, 2016)
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By George Govier, Co-ordinator of Lands, Resources, and Consultation, Historic Saugeen Métis

The Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) have relied on Lake Huron and traditional lands and waters to harvest deer and other mammals, water and land fowl, and plants. Whitefish was a staple of the Métis from the early days in Lake Huron. Other subsistence fishing focused on species commonly caught along the coastal shores and rivers, including Channel Catfish, Carp, Chub, Yellow Perch, Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cisco/Lake Herring/Tullibee, Smelt, Suckers, and Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.

Métis people maintain a close connection to the land, particularly wilderness areas and heritage and spiritual sites.

We can provide invaluable traditional knowledge to help sustain the environment for future generations.

In May 2013, the Historic Saugeen Métis community opened the HSM Interpretive Learning Centre in the heart of the Southampton.

A successful environmental workshop was held on November 24, 2015 with speaker Ted Briggs, Great Lakes Advisor, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, at the HSM Interpretive Learning Centre. The informative workshop was called State of the Great Lakes.

The Historic Saugeen Métis host various environmental workshops focused on the sustainability of our significant waterways and lands. Most workshops are free of charge. Check out the website for more information: www.saugeenmetis.com

 
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