The Cree Nation Government (CNG) under the department of Environment and Remedial Works in collaboration Cree Trappers’ Association (CTA), Nature Quebec, and FaunENord (FN) conducted workshop presentations concerning the wolverine.

Team

Aurélie Bourbeau-Lemieux, Cree Nation Government (CNG)
Sophie Gallais, Nature Québec (NQ)
Clark Shecapio, Cree Trappers’ Association (CTA)
Alexandre Anctil, FaunENord (FN) 

This project mainly addresses the threat of “lack of knowledge” on Wolverine. The project consists mainly of the organization of workshops about the species; its ecology and current status in the region.  

There were workshops that were conduct in four Cree communities during the spring of 2016. (Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Nemaska and Mistissini) The goal of the workshop is sharing of information about the species and also to build awareness to help people better understand this mythical species, and to take ownership in its protection and conservation. However due to difficulties in planning; the team could not go to Waswanipi.

The wolverine in the eastern population is listed as endangered species under SARA (and on the list of threatened species under the Québec law). In regards to the wolverine the situation in Quebec is uncertain, the last captured reported in Quebec was in 1978. Although there have been sightings from people who have seen the wolverine, these sightings have not been confirmed with reliable evidenced. It is believed the wolverine population from Ontario are making their way in to the Quebec.

This project will continue; the next phase is to try to detect any wolverine presence in the Eeyou istche. The plan is to set up four (4) detection cameras in some of the Cree Traplines; with these cameras installed it is the intension to find wolverine presence.  The selected traplines are in Waskaganish near the Ontario, Quebec boarder and Waswanipi. Forms are also available for the public to report if they have seen the wolverine. These forms are available in the four communities that were visited.