Fishing: A Cross Cultural Gateway to Environmental Education

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$155,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in MN
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Canceled
Start Date
July 2010
End Date
June 2013
Counties Affected
Anoka
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Washington
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2010, Chp. 362, Sec. 2, Subd. 08i
Appropriation Language

$155,000 is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota to provide environmental information and teaching skills to and increase participation of Southeast Asian communities through the gateway of fishing skills. Information on mercury in fish advisories must be included as part of the educational outreach. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2013, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$155,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Click on "Work Plan" under "Project Details". Project failed to comply with reporting requirements and was closed out as incomplete in 2013. No final report.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Click on "Work Plan" under "Project Details". Project failed to comply with reporting requirements and was closed out as incomplete in 2013. No final report.

Project Overview

The number of people from other cultures and languages is increasing in Minnesota. It is important that they learn the behaviors that will help Minnesota preserve and enhance its natural resources. Yet, communicating and effectively interacting with people across cultures to change behaviors on natural resources, conservation, pollution prevention and stewardship is challenging. Most environmental information is designed for reaching native English readers. Translating and printing information often does not reach the intended audiences, who are often part of an oral culture. This project will develop activities, events, and products to address this growing communication problem.

Community outreach through fishing events and educational workshops will be gateways for communicating important environmental information, teaching skills for lifelong outdoor participation and instilling values of stewardship to Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee communities such as the Hmong and Karen. The project goals are to:
- Increase participation in year-round fishing opportunities
- Provide environmental awareness and education
- Increase stewardship of natural resources and water resources in particular
- Develop local environmental leadership and capacity in Southeast Asian communities
- Increase participation and access to mainstream environmental resources and programs

Twenty three day-long trips, including some in winter, will be held to reach 700 Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees across generations over the three years of the project. A full-time multilingual environmental educator will work from inside the communities to recruit participants, conduct and evaluate the trips, and develop fun educational components for the fishing events that address critical environmental concerns. Special outreach on health issues connected with mercury and other contaminants will be targeted to vulnerable women and children. The educator will also develop culturally specific workshops, coordinate special language radio appearances and participate in community events to spread information to thousands more.

Project Details

Work Plan

Project failed to comply with reporting requirements and was closed out as incomplete in 2013. No final report.

Project Manager
First Name
Ly
Last Name
Vang
Organization Name
Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in MN
Street Address
1101 N Snelling Ave
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(651) 398-2917
Email
lyvangaahwm@yahoo.com