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Human Activities in the Lake Saint-Pierre Region – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Lake Saint-Pierre was designated a biosphere reserve in 2000, as part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. This international recognition highlights the exceptional natural features of this ecosystem and the importance of implementing sound management practices in the region.

At the VMC Teachers' Centre, you can access six learning objects as part of the HUMAN ACTIVITIES IN THE LAKE SAINT-PIERRE REGION – YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW collection. The collection includes video interviews, photographs, artifacts and suggestions for class activities to help your students discover the key features of Lake Saint-Pierre and its archipelago. The collection will also enable you to compare a variety of activities in this territory as practised in the past and in the present day, and assess the impact of human activities on the environment. Lastly, students will be encouraged to take stock of the environmental challenges we face in preserving the exceptional resources of this ecosystem. In fact, the vast wetlands of Lake Saint-Pierre and its archipelago harbour considerable biodiversity. The many aquatic plants that grow in this environment play an essential role in filtering the St. Lawrence and maintaining water quality. To protect this vulnerable habitat, we need to adopt environmentally-friendly attitudes and behaviours.

The collection of learning objects featured in the Human Activities in the Lake Saint-Pierre Region – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow exhibit is aimed at 2nd and 3rd cycle primary school students (children 8-12 years old) in Geography, History and Citizenship Education. The collection also targets secondary 1 Geography students and CEGEP Social Science students.