Supported projects

The Orchestra donates 100% of ticket revenues to the three beneficiary organizations

The Marine Mammal Research and Education Group (GREMM), World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) and Sierra Club Canada.

Gremm

Le gala de la terre will support the GREMM’s Saint-Laurent Beluga Project

 

A small population of belugas has lived in the Saint-Laurent for over 10,000 years. Isolated from neighboring populations in the Far North, the Saint-Laurent belugas are endangered.

Weakened by prolonged exposure to toxic products dumped into their habitat for decades, their population has never recovered from the intensive hunting of the last century. The belugas now face disruptions caused by climate change.

Our mission: To better understand the belugas and their habitat through scientific study of their behavior and monitoring of their health status. This knowledge is crucial for defining and implementing concrete actions for the recovery of the belugas and the conservation of the Saint-Laurent ecosystem.

The three main components of the Beluga Project are:

Monitoring belugas at sea — Monitoring photo-identified belugas is the cornerstone of our research program. Each summer, since 1985, we spend hundreds of hours at sea with the belugas to create observation records of "known" individuals, a true family album.

The beluga observatory — The beluga observatory monitors the health of the female belugas in the Saint-Laurent estuary. Using images captured with lightweight drones, we perform morphometric measurements on the photo-identified females. These measurements, literally "waist measurements", are translated into fitness indices and allow us to detect pregnant females and the presence of calves with their mothers.

Window on the Belugas — From the cliffs and headlands overlooking the belugas' essential habitat, we study the rich and complex social life of the belugas using lightweight drones and hydrophones. The images and sounds captured by the beluga brigades are relayed to a network of terrestrial observation sites where naturalists invite visitors to see the belugas in a new way.

The Saint-Laurent Beluga Project is conducted with scientists from Canadian universities and NGOs in close collaboration with scientists from the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Saguenay—Saint-Laurent Marine Park (Parks Canada-Sépaq).

WWF

Gala de la terre will support WWF-Canada’s 10-year plan to Regenerate Canada

Every day, in Canada and around the world, we are witnessing the devastating impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. But there is still time to keep biodiversity loss and climate change from reaching catastrophic levels. The next decade is critical if we are going to reverse our path. Regenerate Canada is WWF-Canada bold 10-year plan to to expand habitats, reduce carbon in the atmosphere, lower industrial impacts and, as a result, reverse wildlife loss and fight climate change.

Drawing from scientific analysis and Indigenous guidance, all our conservation efforts will drive toward three ambitious goals, designed to get our future back on track:

  • Restore at least one million hectares, regenerating lost complex ecosystems that provide essential wildlife habitat and sequester carbon in nature,
  • Steward and protect at least 100 million hectares of vital ecosystems for wildlife and communities,
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 30 million tonnes by restoring carbon-rich habitats and protecting current carbon stores.

How we’re improving habitats for biodiversity and climate in southern Quebec

On Montreal’s South Shore, we’re collaborating with municipalities to restore 42 hectares of municipal lands with native plants while advancing the implementation of nature-friendly management practices. We’ve already seen positive impacts on local biodiversity — our pilot year reported almost twice the diversity of insect species in habitats that we’ve restored, with 101 different species on average compared to 60 in “non-restored” habitats.

We also launched a maple forest biodiversity restoration and climate resilience collaboration with local foresters, conservationists and sugar bush owners — including training, carbon monitoring and partnership development — to improve sugar bush management.

SIERRA CLUB

LE GALA DE LA TERRE WILL HELP SIERRA CLUB TO EDUCATE AND DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF NATURE

Fight climate change | Preserve nature's rights | Strengthen our efforts in Quebec

With your support, the Gatineau River could gain personhood status!
The rights of nature to exist and thrive are integral to reversing the loss of biodiversity and creating a world where we live in harmony with the natural world that sustains us.

In 2022, Montreal hosted crucial global negotiations leading to the new Global Biodiversity Framework. Canada is now shaping laws to honor its commitment to protect and restore nature. We are advocating for including nature's rights into these strategies, engaging in public education and awareness campaigns, and collaborating with grassroots groups on the ground who are advancing the rights of nature, including the initiative to recognize the rights of the Gatineau River.
In response to global calls for urgent action to confront climate change and halt extinctions, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation embarked in 2020 on the Decade of Change.

We're committed to making every second of this decade count for the better. We invite you to join us in creating a future where:

  • Our society is powered by 100% clean energy;
  • The rights of Mother Earth are recognized and honoured;
  • There is social and economic fairness upheld by strong democratic decision-making;
  • We live within and respect the Earth’s limited resources; and
  • Everyone has a sense of belonging in the outdoors and everyone has access to natural spaces.

Sierra Club Canada Foundation is a national grassroots organization with chapters across Canada, including in Atlantic Canada, the Prairies, Quebec, Ontario, and Sierra Youth. Our work in Quebec encompasses:

  • Supporting municipalities in Quebec to safeguard nature;
  • Raising awareness and fostering engagement for the rights of the Gatineau River; and
  • Cultivating a movement in Quebec to champion the goals of the Decade of Change.

Our Quebec Chapter is particularly focused on conserving biodiversity in cities and towns throughout Quebec by enhancing awareness and educating municipal leaders on methods to protect bird habitat. Our recently published report serves as a guide for communities, emphasizing the responsibility to safeguard bird habitats and offering practical ideas for doing so. We aim to ensure that more cities and towns in Quebec recognize the importance of providing safe places for birds to nest and nurture their young.

Quebec boasts one of Canada's first rivers in recent times to attain personhood status recognized by surrounding communities—the Magpie River, or Mutehekau Shipu. Former Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg Chief Gilbert Whiteduck is now advocating for the rights of the Tegànàdin Zibi or Gatineau River. His leadership has inspired the formation of the Tegànàdino Alliance, a coalition of individuals and groups dedicated to advancing personhood rights for the river.

As part of our special focus on nature's rights this year, we are actively supporting efforts to promote this concept in Quebec. We are proud members of the Tegànàdino Alliance, which is leading the charge to protect the rights of the Tegànàdin Zibi / Gatineau River.

Join us and the Tegànàdino Alliance in raising awareness of nature's rights and engaging citizens and communities along the river to uphold its right to remain clean and flow freely, ensuring clean and healthy water for generations to come.