Welcome to the Great River Rapport. We hope this will be a space where you are able to explore the many different facets of the Upper St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Through this initiative we will provide information from scientific studies about the ecosystem, its past and present state, and how that relates to the health of the river. We will introduce you to people who are connected with the river and the natural environment in their daily lives, and link their knowledge and observations to the scientific work through storiesWe hope that this initiative helps to answer questions while providing opportunities for dialogue as well as avenues to expand people’s every day engagement with the river. We look forward to sharing all we have learned, and to engaging with the communities along the river 

This project was founded in partnership with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and it benefits greatly from the contributions made by members of the Mohawk community that provide insight into principles and environmental philosophies of the Mohawk Nation and help to contextualise the project with an Indigenous perspective. 

What will this initiative achieve?

Ultimately we hope that this work will help to provide the information people are looking for when they are curious about the health of the St. Lawrence River. It will provide a platform to share stories and inspire people to be part of the conversation and the future of this watershed. We look forward to sharing all that we have learned along this journey and hope that this is just the beginning of an ongoing conversation.

Welcome to the Great River Rapport. We hope this will be a space where you are able to explore the many different facets of the Upper St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Through this initiative we will provide information from scientific studies about the ecosystem, its past and present state, and how that relates to the health of the river. We will introduce you to people who are connected with the river and the natural environment in their daily lives, and link their knowledge and observations to the scientific work through storiesWe hope that this initiative helps to answer questions while providing opportunities for dialogue as well as avenues to expand people’s every day engagement with the river. We look forward to sharing all we have learned, and to engaging with the communities along the river 

This project was founded in partnership with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and it benefits greatly from the contributions made by members of the Mohawk community that provide insight into principals and environmental philosophies of the Mohawk Nation and help to contextualise the project with an Indigenous perspective. 

What will this initiative achieve?

Ultimately we hope that this work will help to provide the information people are looking for when they are curious about the health of the St. Lawrence River. It will provide a platform to share stories and inspire people to be part of the conversation and the future of this watershed. We look forward to sharing all that we have learned along this journey and hope that this is just the beginning of an ongoing conversation.

What will this initiative achieve?

Ultimately we hope that this work will help to provide the information people are looking for when they are curious about the health of the St. Lawrence River. It will provide a platform to share stories and inspire people to be part of the conversation and the future of this watershed. We look forward to sharing all that we have learned along this journey and hope that this is just the beginning of an ongoing conversation.

Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen

The Haudenosaunee’s Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen (Thanksgiving Address) reminds us we are all connected to nature, and through this portal we explore the Kaniatarowanenneh (St. Lawrence River) through Indigenous stories and art.

Science

Using the lens of western science, we consider the health of the St. Lawrence River through discussions about observed changes, capturing and expressing these changes using ecological indicators.

Community Stories

For those that live within reach of the St. Lawrence River, their lives are intertwined with her. Through this portal we share stories of some of the people who know and love the river.

Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen

The Haudenosaunee’s Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen (Thanksgiving Address) reminds us we are all connected to nature, and through this portal we explore the Kaniatarowanenneh (St. Lawrence River) through Indigenous stories and art.

Science

Using the lens of western science, we consider the health of the St. Lawrence River through discussions about observed changes, capturing and expressing these changes using ecological indicators.

Community Stories

For those that live within reach of the St. Lawrence River, their lives are intertwined with her. Through this portal we share stories of some of the people who know and love the river.

Why an ecosystem health report on the Upper St. Lawrence River?

A primary reason for producing an ecosystem health report is to provide you with information on the state of the ecosystem – to answer your questions about the health of the river now, how it compares to the past, and what we can do to make it better tomorrow.

Why an ecosystem health report on the Upper St. Lawrence River?

A primary reason for producing an ecosystem health report is to provide you with information on the state of the ecosystem – to answer your questions about the health of the river now, how it compares to the past, and what we can do to make it better tomorrow.

Why an ecosystem health report on the Upper St. Lawrence River?

Starting the Conversation

What do people care about? What would they like to know? These are the questions we put to the communities along the St. Lawrence, and this started the conversation about what we should focus on for the health report.

Bringing the scientists together

Starting the Conversation

What do people care about? What would they like to know? These are the questions we put to the communities along the St. Lawrence, and this started the conversation about what we should focus on for the health report.

Bringing the scientists together

With our communities’ questions in hand, we approached the scientists working on the St. Lawrence River to select relevant ecological indicators that could address the concerns of the public.

Bringing the scientists together

With our communities’ questions in hand, we approached the scientists working on the St. Lawrence River to select relevant ecological indicators that could address the concerns of the public.

Meet the Team

The Great River Rapport team is a talented and dedicated group of people that includes scientists, communication experts, writers, designers, and visual artists.

Leigh McGaughey

Project Lead & Co-ordinator

Mary Ann Perron

Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow, Technical Report Lead

Stephany Hildebrand

Graphic Designer & Photographer

Abraham Francis

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Head of Environment

Jaclyn Franceschini

Research Assistant

Silvia Rodriguez

Research Assistant

Amanda Nurse

Research Assistant

Zachary Zwanenburg

Web Designer & Developer

Neil Dempster

Research Assistant

Max Irwin

Research Assistant

Allison Collard

Research Assistant

Pam Maloney

Grant Writer & Editor

Jeff Ridal

River Institute Executive Director

Matt Windle

Research Scientist

Mark MacDougall

Science Advisor

Maegan Mitchell

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Research Assistant

Cristina Charette

Expert Contributor

Brian Hickey

Science Advisor

El Amine Mimouni

Statistition & Research Scientist

External Advisory Commitee Members

Michael Twiss

Clarkson University Science Advisor

Jèrôme Marty

Scientific Advisor

Lee Willbanks

River Advocate

Andrew Morley

Science Advisor

Meet the Team

The Great River Rapport team is a talented and dedicated group of people that includes scientists, communication experts, writers, designers, and visual artists.

Leigh McGaughey

Project Lead & Co-ordinator

Mary Ann Perron

Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow, Technical Report Lead

Stephany Hildebrand

Graphic Designer & Photographer

Abraham Francis

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Head of Environment

Jaclyn Franceschini

Research Assistant

Silvia Rodriguez

Research Assistant

Amanda Nurse

Research Assistant

Zachary Zwanenburg

Web Designer & Developer

Neil Dempster

Research Assistant

Max Irwin

Research Assistant

Allison Collard

Research Assistant

Pam Maloney

Grant Writer & Editor

Jeff Ridal

River Institute Executive Director

Matt Windle

Research Scientist

Mark MacDougall

Science Advisor

Maegan Mitchell

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Research Assistant

Cristina Charette

Expert Contributor

Brian Hickey

Science Advisor

El Amine Mimouni

Statistition & Research Scientist

External Advisory Commitee Members

Michael Twiss

Clarkson University Science Advisor

Jèrôme Marty

Scientific Advisor

Lee Willbanks

River Advocate

Andrew Morley

Science Advisor

Partners & Collaborators

The Great River Rapport unites a diverse group of collaborators that include Indigenous peoples, federal and provincial government agencies, academia, environmental non-government organizations, community groups, and citizens. Each enrich the project with a unique perspective. Meet our collaborators.

Partners & Collaborators

The Great River Rapport unites a diverse group of collaborators that include Indigenous peoples, federal and provincial government agencies, academia, environmental non-government organizations, community groups, and citizens. Each enrich the project with a unique perspective. Meet our collaborators.

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