Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht (AMIK)

About us

L’Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht (AMIK) has as its primary objectives, representing the interests of its seven Innu member-communities in the sustainable management of aquatic resources and oceans; and supporting traditional and commercial fishing activities.

The words mamu Innu kaikusseht mean “together the native fishermen” in Innu-aimun, which is the Innu language. They reflect the pride of the Innu people as they practice their traditional fishing activities and emphasize the importance of these activities in maintaining their culture and developing their communities.

Vision

AMIK’s vision extends to all Innu communities of the North Shore of the Saint Lawrence and is two-fold:

  • Prosperity: Members belonging to aboriginal communities benefit from environmental, spiritual, economic, cultural and social prosperity.
  • Governance: Aboriginal governance is established and known for respecting the conservation and sustainable management of aquatic resources and oceans.

 

Core Projects

AMIK’s core activities are designed to:

  • Create fishing expertise facilitating the communities’ informed participation in consultations and decision-making processes, associated with the use and management of halieutic resources.
  • Meet the training needs of fishermen and fisheries managers of member-communities.
  • Promote the conservation of aquatic resources and oceans through education and awareness.
  • Encourage technological innovation and the development of fishing and aquaculture products.

Projects

Science promotion workshops for Innu youth
Atlas of Indigenous sites and uses of the Saint Lawrence River
Summer camps (Shipek mak Shipu) for Innu youth of the Lower North Shore
Collection of Traditional Knowledge on American Lobster
Biomass assessment of the green sea urchin in the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord
Writing a book of Innu stories and legends on species at risk
Seminar on participative management of the Atlantic salmon by the North Shore Innu
Monitoring of eelgrass beds and fish biodiversity in the mouth of the Romaine River and in Baie Sept Îles
Involvement of Indigenous communities in the protection of species at risk
Keshken Indigenous certification for seafood traceability

Team

Léo St-Onge, Director General
AMIK (Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht) 283-A Boulevard des Montagnais
Sept-Îles, QC
G4R 5R1
(418) 962–0103

Kerry-Ann Taylor, Deputy Director

Communities

(members)

Essipit
Pessamit
Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM)
Ekuanitshit
Nutashkuan
Unamen Shipu
Pakua Shipu

KEY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

  • Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Environment protection and awareness
  • Training
  • Research and Development
  • Traditional Indigenous Knowledge
  • Education and awareness

INTERNAL CAPACITY

  • Director General
  • Deputy director
  • Fisheries Manager
  • Environmental Sector Manager
  • 2 Project Managers
  • Workshop Hosts
  • Instructor
  • Accountant
  • Boat Captains
  • Fishers

PARTNERSHIPS

∙ Band councils of all our member communities ∙ Pêcheries Uapan ∙ Agri-Food Export Group Québec–Canada ∙ Poissonnerie Fortier ∙ Pêcheries Shipek ∙ Institut Tshakapesh ∙ Fisheries and Oceans Canada ∙ Canadian Coast Guard ∙ Transport Canada ∙ Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat (AAS) ∙ Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ) ∙ Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ∙ Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MÉES) ∙ Parks Canada ∙ Réseau d’observation des mammifères marins (ROMM) ∙

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