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Dr. Isabelle-Anne Bisson met with 11 students from U of M’s Faculté de l’aménagement, École d’urbanisme et d’architecture on October 19th at the Pines Forest in Kanesatake and introduced the Environmental Contaminants Health and Impact Project (ECHIP) and IPCA (Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas). Dr. Bisson gave a demonstration on soil and water sampling for contaminant testing (heavy metals), while emphasizing the broader importance of this work for the Kanien'kéha:ka community of Kanesatake. The students worked in five groups to sample soil and water along the Ruisseau Raizenne in the forest for heavy metal contaminants. In total, 15 soil samples and five water samples were taken.


This field survey was, in part, an extension of the work conducted this summer by Dr. Niladri Basu of McGill University’s Center for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment at the Macdonald Campus. Dr. Basu is our academic partner on ECHIP - he and his colleague, Dr. Jessica Head, collected samples along the stream to test for pesticides. The samples collected by the U of M students will be analyzed in Dr. Basu's lab.


Dr. Bisson conducted this specific science incubator project in collaboration with Dr. Heather Braiden, adjunct professor of the Faculté de l'aménagement at U of M. They agreed that students would help sample in order to learn more about the environmental contamination issue in the Kanien'kéha:ka community of Kanesatake. "The students showed a lot of enthusiasm and interest, asking many good questions on how environmental contaminants move through our environment from the source, especially through a body of water like the Raizenne stream," said Dr. Bisson. The students also created a short video using a drone, which they will post later.

"We want to thank Dr. Heather Braiden and all her students for their assistance in this important matter," said Dr. Isabelle-Anne Bisson.


About TerraHumana Solutions

TerraHumana Solutions is a consulting firm which specializes in helping community and business leaders to find sustainable solutions to environmental and social issues. Our approach is simple - we listen. Bringing 20 years of international experience in natural resource sciences, strategy, project conception, and management, we can find the right strategic approach for you. At TerraHumana Solutions, we contribute to informed decision-making on community and business engagement projects, and conservation projects with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.


For more information, please contact:

Isabelle-Anne Bisson, Ph.D.

President

TerraHumana Solutions

+1 514 654-7835

ibisson@terrahumanasolutions.com


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The autumn season is upon us - a time when we celebrate the harvest and bounty of nature. In alignment with the celebrations of this year's fall harvest, we want to be a part of and celebrate the abundance of animal and plant life brought to us by natural spaces. TerraHumana Solutions is pleased to share that a lucky few natural spaces in municipalities near Montreal have been protected with the help of dedicated citizens’ groups.


Our work with grassroots organizations began with Pincourt Vert in 2018, a grassroots citizens’ organization in Pincourt Québec which was seeking to protect a local forest targeted for development. This led to our collaboration with Nature Hudson in 2019. Most recently, we have joined forces with The Legacy Fund for the Environment, which provides legal counsel for citizens seeking to save natural spaces from development. This summer, a small group from Châteauguay was directed to TerraHumana Solutions in order to assist in the fight to protect land. Our network is growing every year.


Over the last four years, we have helped to protect over 15 acres of natural forest and wetlands through the provisions of ecological assessment reports. Some groups have successfully saved these natural spaces in their municipalities, while some are still currently in mediation. “Natural spaces are one of our best mitigation measures for climate crisis consequences, mental health for humans, and general biodiversity health,” says Dr. Isabelle Bisson. This is a win-win-win situation - for humanity, nature, and our planet.


The crucial pieces necessary for the successful protection of undeveloped land is the dedicated work of the citizens’ groups, the biological assessments, the legal defence, and the availability of funds. In the case of Pincourt, citizens worked hard to save Rousseau Forest from being destroyed. According to Carole Reed, a member of Pincourt Vert, "the trails of the Rousseau Forest are more known now than ever, they are very well used, and even the daycares have begun using it." The ripple effect is also being felt across the region by other citizens’ groups. “There is a momentum that is changing the economic narrative and having science make headway. There is an opportunity for us to make these projects economically unfeasible and more environmentally responsible”, says J. J. Corker, a member of Nature Hudson. For a more in-depth view of the story involving protecting Sandy Beach in Hudson, Quebec, check out this video link.


With a new project underway to protect a small but biodiverse forest near Montreal, “we are working with more and more dedicated citizens that wish to see our natural heritage protected for generations to come”, says Dr. Isabelle-Anne Bisson.


About TerraHumana Solutions


TerraHumana Solutions is a consulting firm, which specializes in helping community and business leaders to find sustainable solutions to environmental and social issues. Our approach is simple - we listen. Bringing 20 years of international experience in natural resource sciences, strategy, project conception, and management, we can find the right strategic approach for you. At TerraHumana Solutions, we contribute to informed decision-making on community and business engagement projects, and conservation projects with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.


For more information, please contact:

Isabelle-Anne Bisson, PhD.

President

TerraHumana Solutions

+1 514 654-7835

ibisson@terrahumanasolutions.com



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PROJECT (ECHIP) in Kanesatake.




TerraHumana Solutions is pleased to be completing Phase II of the Environmental Contaminants and Health Impact Project (ECHIP) in the Kanien'kéha:ka community of Kanesatake, situated about 48 kilometres west of Montreal. This second phase focuses on interviewing participants for a Human Health Risk Assessment to understand the potential health impacts of environmental contaminants that may be present on the territory. Valerie Gabriel, one of our local consultants and strategic partners, is learning the lab techniques necessary for testing the environmental samples collected in 2021 with our academic partner, Dr. Niladri Basu, at McGill University's Center for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment. As TerraHumana Solutions continues to work with Ratishontsanonhstats Kanesatake Environment on this first nation community-led project, "we are finding that Kanesatake is a unique community in many ways compared to other First Nations communities across Canada," says Dr. Isabelle Bisson


This project began when Dr. Isabelle Bisson met the environmental director, Eugene Nicholas, along with Mary Nicholas, the Assistant Researcher, and Gabrielle Lamouche, the communications officer of the Ratishontsanonhstats Kanesatake Environment, through her volunteer work with Sierra Club Quebec. Shortly after meeting, they applied to a Health Canada grant that was turned down but then partnered with Dr. Nildari Basu on a application to the First Nations Environmental Contamination Program in 2018 (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Government of Canada), which was successful. Since then, a second and third leg of funding has been received; Phase III of ECHIP starts in the fall and will continue until spring 2023. "Participants of the Kanesatake community are forthcoming and have been inspiring to interview," says Dr. Bisson. Tess Lalonde and Katie Chong, researchers on this community-led project, are a solid and cohesive part of the research team. "It's been amazing to get to know more community members in Kanesatake and learn about the territory and their unique agricultural practices based on nature-based solutions”, says Dr. Isabelle Bisson.


About TerraHumana Solutions


TerraHumana Solutions is a consulting firm, which specializes in helping community and business leaders to find sustainable solutions to environmental and social issues. Our approach is simple - we listen. Bringing 20 years of international experience in natural resource sciences, strategy, project conception, and management, we can find the right strategic approach for you. At TerraHumana Solutions, we contribute to informed decision-making on community and business engagement projects, and conservation projects with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.


For more information, please contact:

Isabelle-Anne Bisson, PhD.

President

TerraHumana Solutions

+1 514 654-7835

ibisson@terrahumanasolutions.com



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