Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
The goal of the Cocagne Watershed Natural Heritage Conservation Project is to ensure the protection and restoration of natural habitats in the Cocagne watershed. The Pays de Cocagne Sustatinable Development Group (PCSDG) accompanies citizens through their efforts to protect natural features of their properties, with a focus on shoreline and riparian areas.

In 2016, the PCSDG undertook restoration and conservation activities with 10 property owners living in the Cocagne watershed. Images and descriptions are available on PCSDG’s interactive map. Sharing these stories, we hope, will inspire other property owners of the Cocagne watershed to conserve natural features on their property.

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As part of the public consultation process undertaken for the incorporation of Cocagne, citizens clearly communicated that environmental protection was a high priority for the community. With the 250th anniversary of the founding of Cocagne being celebrated in 2017, it is an opportune time to assert the conservation of the natural areas of our watershed and the wealth of the ecological properties attributed to them. Ressources listing pertinent conservation programs for landowners in NB will assist citizens in making the right choice.

We recognize and emphasize the traditional ecological knowledge of the Migmag* people as part of this project. The Cocagne Watershed is part of a larger indigenous territory called Migmagi. Traditionally, migemao knowledge of the territory, relating to soil, water, air, flora and fauna, link the protection, conservation and appreciation of nature. The traditional migemao way of life teaches how to respect the environment, in harmony with its fauna and flora, to enable the sustainability and vitality of its species for future generations. Transmission of this knowledge to people in the community is also another method of learning about the impact of water quality on these species and raises awareness in the community about the need to maintain and preserve the land in a sound manner. To do so, a series of learning activities on the conservation and restoration of riparian lands were held. Outcomes were shared in the project final report (French only).

*The use of the form ‘migmag’, different from other forms like ‘mi’kmaq’, for example, reflects the spelling traditionally used by the majority of the migmag communities in New-Brunswick, which is named the Pacifique spelling.

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Finally, the project is part of the ARTisticc project, whose objective is to "contribute to the entrenchment of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in the definition of coastal adaptation policies that are robust in scientific terms, relevant to the needs of coastal communities and culturally publicized." The project culminates with the gathering of researchers from the 7 participating communities, planned for the month of June 2017 in Cocagne and elsewhere in South-East NB.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


This project is realized with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Environment and Local Government of New Brunswick.

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Upcoming activities

January 19, 2018 Saturday - Cocagnerie with fried smelts

Storm date: following Saturday
old fashion communit supper
Centre 50, 10 Villa st in Cocagne
$12/person = fundraiser for Saint-Pierre Church
Limited tickets (250) sold at Cocagne Variety and E.A. Melanson
Collaboration between Centre 50 and Cocagne parish committee

23rd January, 2019 Wednesday - Stories of Health and Environment - conference series Science 360°

With Dr. Céline Surette, Environmental Scientist
7pm
L.J. Cowley Auditorium, Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre
Gulf Fisheries Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
343 University Avenue, Moncton, NB E1C 9B6
More information here

February 5, 2019 - Project exposition at Grande Digue school

9 to 11:30am
365, route 530 in Grande-Digue
7th grader present projects on environment

February 8, 2019 Friday - Science Expo School Blanche-Bourgeois

11:30am to 12:30pm
29, chemin Cocagne Cross in Cocagne

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures