KI Indigenous Nation Water Expedition #KIWatershed

Keep it in the Ground: Aug. 30 Update from the KI Paddlers

Last night we camped at the confluence of the Fawn and Otter Rivers.  The Otter is the biggest tributary to join the Fawn yet.  Upstream at the source waters of the Otter, within the Fawn River watershed, De Beers Corporation has staked diamond mining claims behind KI's back.


Fish Pole: Aug. 29 Update from the KI Nation Paddlers

For lunch today we stopped by a fast flowing stream that enters the Fawn from the west amid a grove of large old white spruces that form a great camping spot.  Terry said that this place is named "Fish Pole" in the language.  We didn't have to ask why.  

Within twenty minutes Richard had caught half a dozen gorgeous 2 pound Brook Trout.  They are fascinating fish whose colourful spots blend perfectly into the pattern of the pebbled river bottom.  Brook Trout need very clean, cold water to thrive as they do in these waters.  The rivers up here have some of the healthiest Brook Trout populations anywhere.


Rapids and portaging; the latest update from the KI Nation paddlers (Aug. 27 and Aug 28.)

MUSKEG PORTAGE – August 27th

At midnight the mist rose over the Fawn River above the double marked rapids which cannot be run and must be portaged – one of the few carrying places for paddlers who know the river well.



THE GREAT BOREAL FOREST – A report from the KI Paddlers (Aug. 26)

As we paddle we are watched over by rows of straight, dark green spruce, a signature species of the Boreal Forest.  The Boreal is the northernmost forest ecosystem and it forms a green halo around the north pole below the tundra.


Follow the Expedition to Protect KI First Nation’s Watershed


From August 24 to September 7 a team of paddlers from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Indigenous Nation, ventured 300 km beyond the nearest road to paddle the ancient route from the KI village to the Arctic Ocean at Hudson's Bay along the free-flowing Fawn and Severn Rivers.  Along the way they documented and promoted this wild watershed and the deep connection the community has to their life-giving river.


Clean water and lake trout forever: Aug. 23 Post from the Paddlers

Tomorrow we begin paddling the ancient 350 km trade route from KI to Hudson's Bay along the Fawn and Severn rivers.  The KI community gathered for a feast to wish us well on our journey.  We ate lake trout, the fish that is central to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug – The People of the Big Trout Lake.  


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Following an ancient route: updates from the KI Nation paddlers

An Ancient Route – August 24, 2012.

Big Trout Lake is truly enormous.  It is 661 square km of of water that is clean enough to drink straight from the lake. Paddling even a small part of it makes for a long day and sore arms.   We were rewarded with a stunning sunset over the silhouette of stoic black spruce trees as we approached our first camp site.



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