Monday, September 22, 2014
Text Size

Fish Friends educates, boosts salmon population

Elementary school students will grow salmon for release in the wild

CBC News

A fish hatchery operated at the First Nations reserve in Scotchfort, P.E.I. has revived an educational program that helps restock salmon in Island rivers.


The Fish Friends program was shelved a few years ago, as the Cardigan Fish Hatchery was moving out of the business of restocking rivers.

That operation was picked up by the Abegweit First Nation in Scotchfort in October 2012, and this winter the hatchery has restored the educational program as well.

Last week, hatchery staff visited a grade six class at Morell Consolidated with a container of 100 tiny, pink, fish eggs. The container was poured into a classroom aquarium, and the students will take care of them until they are large enough to release.

"We're going to take them to Mooney's Pond in St. Theresa's and put them in the water," said student Naomi Byrne.

The hatchery is delivering eggs to six schools this winter: in Bloomfield, Southern Kings, Cardigan, Eliot River and Inglewood, as well as Morell.

"The educational component of Fish Friends is highly valuable," said hatchery manager Scott Taylor.

"To have the young grade four, five and sixers learn about conservation and learn about the biology of the Atlantic salmon."

Student Megan Young hopes the school's small contribution makes a difference.

"I think it will help the population a little bit. I mean, not by much 'cause it's only 100 salmon," she said.

In all, the Abegweit hatchery will supply more than 50,000 brook trout and Atlantic salmon for release into local rivers this year.

The Atlantic salmon raised in classrooms should be big enough to hit the open water before school ends this June.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Education & Training

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...


obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit


Regional Media Officer– Temp (Until Nov 2015) –F/T Position

Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition / NDP Research Office

Location:131 Queen Street, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON


Communicate regularly with regional media outlets (community newspapers, radio stations, student media, ethnic media, etc.) to propose ideas for interviews and opinion content Read more...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Workforce Report

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report that highlights initiatives to improve the workforce participation of Aboriginal peoples. 

Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’s Workforce (December 2013)  

click image to download report

Tue Sep 23 @ 3:00PM - 04:15PM
FNHMA National Conference 2014
Sun Oct 05 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
INIHKD & Manitoba NEAHR Conference 2014


September 2014
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday


Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins