3 Kikinamage Mikan, QC
819 449 5170 ext 1800
Nagadjitòdjig Akì (Guardians)
Using a two eyes seeing approach, we use traditional knowledge and western science to monitor activities that are taking place on our ancestral traditional territory. It is our cultural responsibility as Anishinabeg to care for our land and waters therefore, Guardians play an important role in the health of our territory.
In recent years our community and the Algonquin Nation as a whole, had noticed a decline in the moose population in our traditional territory. In line with our current situation, we collect data on moose population by carrying out aerial surveys in partnership with the Quebec government and by using drones to monitor moose yards.
The Land Needs Guardians movement is a program designed to amplify indigenous guardians voices through an indigenous storyteller lens. Through various social media platforms, we share the videos created to celebrate the critical work guardians programs do, the impacts the programs have on the land and animals, and to showcase the need for all nations to have full time government funding across Turtle Island.
In the Fall of 2021, Nagadjitòdjig Akì Guardians created and filmed a video about the decline of the butternut tree in Kitigan Zibi. Serving as a source of medicine, the butternut tree plays a significant role in our culture and the Nagadjitòdjig Akì Guardians are reviving the species.
In early 2022, Nagadjitòdjig Akì Guardians produced a second video about the downturn of the local moose population which had Guardians participate in aerial surveys to assess the health of the population. Thanks to that work, the data is now informing provincial policy on how to ensure the longterm health of the moose.