What We Do
Georgian Bay Forever conserves, protects, and restores the aquatic ecosystem of all Georgian Bay.
The health and vitality of freshwater ecosystems is more important now than ever, which is why we work to scientifically identify and reduce threats to the safety of Georgian Bay's water and wetlands, the fundamental life-giving resource of this most cherished place.
We conduct scientific research on the ecology of Georgian Bay, so that we have the most up-to-date and accurate data available on the health and condition of the area. We use our knowledge to strategize and coordinate actionable methods of environmental preservation.
Informing the public about urgent matters facing our ecosystem is one of our top priorities, and we do so with integrity and accuracy at the forefront. We hold knowledge and learning sacred, and believe that credibility is paramount in our operation.
Plans of Action
It's not enough to conduct research and present our findings - we know that we can also make a difference with our immediate actions, big or small. Our programming is directed at making a quantifiably positive impact on the environment, and creating progressive, sustainable change.
How Does It Work?
Through the generous contributions of our donors, volunteers, partners, and collaborators, we maintain a variety of ongoing projects and programs designed to protect and improve the quality of Georgian Bay and the surrounding area.
Our in-depth and meticulous scientific research informs us of the problems regarding the health of the waters, so that we can educate the public and find practical and effective solutions. We take a proactive stance against the issues facing our environment, and put our plans into practice through active engagement in the community and on the water.
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Georgian Bay Forever would like to acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who are the traditional guardians of this land that we call Canada, a place in which we are all treaty people. This land is everywhere the territory of those who have been present here since time immemorial, Indigenous people including the Metis and Inuit, who continue to shape and strengthen this country as a whole. In particular, we recognize the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabek. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, the Anishnaabeg, whose territory is covered by Lake Simcoe Treaty 16 and the J. Collins land purchase, and the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg, whose territory is covered by the Robinson-Huron Treaty.
Each of us has the opportunity to acknowledge their relationship to the land upon which they live and work, and to support reconciliation with the people of Indigenous communities. Reconciliation is possible when all are open to learning from history, listening to each other with empathy and respect, and hearing the truth from Indigenous perspectives.