Learning about wild Atlantic salmon and other fish species in our rivers and the ocean is fundamental to caring for them. The Abegweit Plamu’k na Kitapina’q (Salmon are our Friends) Program has been adapted from the Atlantic Salmon Federation Fish Friends curriculum published in 1995 to include Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The adapted program is made available to all schools participating across Prince Edward Island. Focusing on environmental sustainability, the Plamu’k na Kitapina’q program covers habitat, biodiversity, life cycles, change over time, adaptation to change, freshwater ecology, sustainability and stewardship. Based largely on science, this popular program also integrates Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq) traditional ecological knowledge, social studies, language arts, math and art.
Through this popular Plamu’k na Kitapina’q program, Island students raise Atlantic salmon from eggs to fry in their classrooms over a five-month period before releasing them into an Island river as part of a field trip. In 2013, eight Island schools participated in our Plamu’k na Kitapina’q program and as more expressed an interest in the program moving forward we continue to grow. By 2017, we had seventeen schools and this year in 2018 we are proud to say we have twenty-one schools participating Island wide.
The Abegweit Biodiversity Enhancement Hatchery located on the Scotchfort Reserve collects and spawns wild salmon before releasing them back into the rivers they came from. Some of the fertilized eggs are given to the schools. The tanks, chillers and other equipment are provided by the Abegweit Conservation Society through fundraising from funding programs such as the PEI Wildlife Conservation Society and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. The Society’s Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge researcher and Indigenous Outreach and Education Manager Eliza Knockwood gives presentations to the schools and the staff at the Hatchery provide technical advice as needed.
The Plamu’k na Kitapina’q program depends largely on donations to fund the important work we are doing on behalf of all Islanders. Each year we work very hard to sponsor a small percentage of new schools annually with the equipment and supplies required to participate in our Plamu’k na Kitapina’q program.
We are proud to announce that we are ready to accept new applicants for our 2019 program!
Check out the photo gallery’s from our 2018 program!
In the classrooms
Fish release field trips
Would you like to get involved with our Plamu’k na Kitapina’q Program? You can apply below!
Students help with salmon conservation
Special send-off for salmon fry