Previously the Water Quality Coordinator, and currently the Land and Resources Technician for Garden River First Nation, Sebastian works on several initiatives to support the waterways, ecosystems, fish, mammals and aquatic vegetation in Garden River.
Recently he worked on a project testing the recreational water bodies throughout the community to develop a baseline data set to understand the water quality.
He is also the co-researcher for an Indigenous knowledge study, conducting Indigenous knowledge interviews with community members in Garden River. He is looking for information on place names in the community, culturally important areas, lakes, rivers, streams, species at risk, and stories on the land. This knowledge is highlighting important places in the community such as spawning and nesting sites for species at risk such as turtles.
The Indigenous knowledge interviews are very handy for baseline information, to understand how the river has changed.
This research is important to make management decisions and policies in Garden River, for example, where to create an Indigenous protected area.