Join us in Toronto on September 22, 2022 for Unlocking the Secrets of the World’s Largest Inland Sea: Belugas, Polar Bears and more. Don’t miss out!
Join us in Toronto on September 22, 2022 for Unlocking the Secrets of the World’s Largest Inland Sea: Belugas, Polar Bears and more. Don’t miss out!
James Bay and southern Hudson Bay may be some of the most productive areas in the Canadian Arctic

Productive: a measure of how fast things grow and/or how abundant and lush they are.

James Bay and southern Hudson Bay may be some of the most productive areas in the Canadian Arctic

Wildlands League is helping to protect Canada’s ocean. With 50+ years of conservation expertise and 20+ years of deep relationships with Indigenous people in the region, it was time to safeguard ‘the Bay’ or ‘Weenebeg’ (Cree).  

We are honoured to with work the Mushkegowuk Council, Oceans North and Parks Canada on this important initiative.

See our latest publication in English and Cree Syllabics.

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Wildlands League is helping to protect Canada’s ocean. With 50+ years of conservation expertise and 20+ years of deep relationships with Indigenous people in the region, it was time to safeguard ‘the Bay’ or ‘Weenebeg’ (Cree).  

We are honoured to with work the Mushkegowuk Council, Oceans North and Parks Canada on this important initiative.

See our latest publication in English and Cree Syllabics.

Click to hear the Cree word ‘Mushkegowuk’

The Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs have chosen the tool of National Marine Conservation Area to ensure the protection of their marine territory in western James Bay and southern Hudson Bay. The Omushkego refer to James Bay as Weeneebayko and Hudson Bay as Gitchie-Weeneebayko in Cree. 

The initiative includes Moose Cree, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Taykwa Tagamou, Chapleau Cree, Missanabie Cree, Weenusk (Peawanuck) and Fort Severn First Nations. Wildlands League and Oceans North are working in partnership to support this Indigenous-led initiative.  

Click to hear the Cree word ‘Mushkegowuk’

The Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs have chosen the tool of National Marine Conservation Area to ensure the protection of their marine territory in western James Bay and southern Hudson Bay. The Omushkego refer to James Bay as Weeneebayko and Hudson Bay as Gitchie-Weeneebayko in Cree. 

The initiative includes Moose Cree, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Taykwa Tagamou, Chapleau Cree, Missanabie Cree, Weenusk (Peawanuck) and Fort Severn First Nations. Wildlands League and Oceans North are working in partnership to support this Indigenous-led initiative.

Click to hear belugas we recorded in Hudson Bay.

James Bay’s seascape is distinct and found almost nowhere else in the Arctic. Many large and small rivers flow into these bays. Combined with its shallowness (<50 m or a 15-story building), the Bay is relatively warm and low in salinity, just the right conditions to support an explosion of life. Southern Hudson Bay and western James Bay are globally significantIt is home to:

Keep the momentum going for marine conservation!

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Wildlands League is one of Canada’s pre-eminent conservation organizations, collaborating with communities, governments, Indigenous Peoples, scientists and progressive industry to protect nature and find solutions that work for the planet and for all. We are a team of relentless policy experts, strategists and communications experts and have been working in the public interest since 1968, beginning with a campaign to protect Algonquin Park from development. Our vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s land, freshwater and ocean so that future generations can experience and benefit from Canada’s irreplaceable natural wonders and ecosystems.