2019 Forum Overview

The 11th Annual Sources of Knowledge Forum “Fathom Five National Marine Park: In Depth” will be held May 3‑5, 2019, in Tobermory, Ontario.  Fathom Five began as a provincial park in the 1970s, becoming Canada’s first national marine conservation area in 1987. Several decades later, we aim to take a critical look at whether Fathom Five has lived up to its potential as a protected area.

On Friday afternoon, specially-guided marine heritage tours of the Parks Canada Visitor Centre will be offered and Friday evening is the official kick-off of the Forum with wine, cheese, good conversation and marine storytelling experiences.

We begin our Saturday program by hearing from authorities from several U.S. marine parks. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on the Michigan side of Lake Huron was expanded to 11,137 km2 in 2014 – is the 114 km2 Fathom Five large enough to successfully represent the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron Marine Regions? Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has an archipelago of islands in common with Fathom Five – what can we learn from their efforts to work with Indigenous peoples in applying a traditional knowledge management approach? A scientist from the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System will explain how fish move in and out of Fathom Five and far beyond. We’ll receive an update from a Parks Canada ecologist on the state of the Fathom Five ecosystem. The traditional Chippewas of Nawash fishing families from Neyaashiinigmiing will share their experience living on the shores of Georgian Bay for millennia. Saturday evening is our popular film festival with Dr. Stephen Scharper, University of Toronto.

A traditional feature of these Forums is a public event, which will be held on Sunday morning, Parks Canada is hosting a workshop to gain input into the 10-year Fathom Five National Marine Park Management Plan, slated to be completed in late 2020.

The Forum has sold out the last couple of years, so don’t delay in registering!

Forum Agenda (PDF Format)

2019 Forum Registration


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