The project is a collaboration of West Moberly First Nation and the University of Saskatchewan. The project will produce practical outcomes for the local First Nation including baseline indicators of land and resource use with associated spatial data. The thesis will also advance theory on the role of community participation and Indigenous knowledge in strategic land use planning processes including those underway in NE British Columbia.
Ph.D. Candidate in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Supervisor: Ian Baird
Collaboration with: Ubon Ratchathani University
Research Topic: Ruptures at home: scaling down hydropower development impacts on ethnic Lao spaces in the Lower Mekong Subregion
The Mekong River and its tributaries have long been a source of vitality for those living along its banks. It has served as a conduit for material and intellectual exchange throughout history. Today, traditional knowledges and networks have been disrupted due to changing ecologies brought on by the construction of large hydropower dams. By employing a feminist political ecology framework that focuses attention on often overlooked marginalized scales and bodies, I aim to challenge the conventional discourse touting the benefits of hydropower by considering how such development projects, and subsequent ecological changes, have impacted long-standing social relations within and among ethnic Lao communities in northeastern Thailand, southern Laos, and northeastern Cambodia.
Amabel (Abby) D’Souza
Abby is a former graduate student of Dr. Brenda Parlee, completing her MSc in Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology in January 2019. She has worked in the international context, having conducted research in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and the surrounding areas. She is providing social media management, newsletters, research, editing and other various supports to the project.
Local people living along The Mun River and its tributaries, such as the Sebok River, hold a deep connection to the freshwater ecosystem and have longstanding traditional practices that are critical to their fishing livelihoods. These traditions and practices have been passed down over many generations and are based on well-developed local knowledge of their environment and communities. However, due to the rapid development of hydropower in the Mekong Basin, fishing livelihoods are becoming increasingly complicated by environmental impacts to aquatic ecosystems. Many households and communities are thus diversifying their livelihoods to survive. This thesis explores how local villagers in fishing communities on the Mun River and its tributary, the Sebok River, in Thailand diversify their livelihoods and show resilience to the effects of hydroelectric development. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in nine villages to collect themes and opinions on the operation of the Pak Mun Dam, a controversial dam located near the confluence of the Mekong and Mun Rivers, and its effects on communities over the past twenty-five years. Emerging themes from the interviews showcase the importance of fish and fishing livelihood, culture, diversifications, community and connection to the land. These themes relate to existing theory and demonstrate the importance of Traditional Knowledge, resilience and well-being. The information presented in this thesis also showcases how Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) can be utilized towards community-based resource management and community involvement in decision-making regarding hydroelectric development.
Thesis available at https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-9kwy-8738
M.Sc. Graduate at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Supervisor: Renato Silvano
Research Topic: Fishers’ knowledge identifies potential socio-ecological impacts downstream of proposed dams in a tropical river
Brazil’s hydroelectricity sector is rapidly expanding with several planned dams in Amazonian rivers. While the impacts of dam development on fisheries located upstream from dams have been acknowledged, impacts on fisheries downstream have largely been overlooked by impact assessments. The goal of this study is to analyse fishery baseline data to estimate the socio-ecological vulnerability of small-scale fisheries located downstream from a proposed dam in the Tapajos River, Brazilian Amazon. Data were gathered from interviews with 171 fishers in 16 communities along a ~275 km stretch of river downstream from the proposed dam. The interviews were based on fishers’ socio-economic situation and the fishery resources they depend upon. A scenario was created that highlights the fishers’ vulnerability to damming based on the susceptibility to damming of the fish that the fishers exploit. The results indicate that fishing is an important activity, constituting a key source of food and income for the fishers and their communities. The scenario shows that the impact of the dam on fisheries potentially extends to the mouth of the river. Therefore, the impoundment is expected to affect the socio-economic and emotional well-being of all fishers, putting their livelihoods and those of their families at risk. The results suggest that, by ignoring the effects of dams on downstream communities, impact assessments severely underestimate the area and thus the number of people who would be affected by the dam. It is concluded that a thorough evaluation of all the downstream fishers needs to be included in official impact assessments before river impoundment is allowed, and that development plans should consider these findings.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Is Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research and publications focus on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada. Recent research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. Dr. Keeling joins the Tracking Change… project as a co-applicant involved in collaborative research with the Fond Du Lac First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan with a graduate student (Laura Gaitan, MA Candidate) working under his supervision. The co-applicant status will provide opportunities for greater collaboration within the partnership, networking the outcomes of their research with the rest of the research community, including community partners, professionals in government and the private sector, faculty members and students at other institutions nationally and internationally, and the public.
“Art Napoleon is host and co-producer of APTN’s popular show Moosemeat & Marmalade, an international food series that showcases Indigenous foods, traditional knowledge and outdoor cooking techniques. This former chief is as comfortable on a big city stage or boardroom as he is skinning a moose in a hailstorm with a pocketknife.
Art grew up in the boreal forests and mountains of Northeastern BC where he learned bush-skills, outdoor cooking and Indigenous philosophy.
He holds an MA in Language Revitalization from the University of Victoria. He is a sought after cultural educator and language teacher who still practices subsistence activities on a seasonal basis.
Based in Victoria BC, Art remains connected to his home territory and his Cree and Dane Zaa roots. When he is not producing TV or serving as advisor to First Nations, he tours regularly as a musician and speaker and also serves as a juror on arts & culture organizations across Canada. His moose stew has been known to cure hangovers and his campfire tales have mended broken hearts… or so the stories go.” – https://keynotespeakerscanada.ca/speaker/art-napoleon/
Principal Investigator for Tracking Change at the University of Alberta
Brenda Parlee was born and grew up in northern Ontario. The landscape and political economy of this provincial-north significantly influenced her knowledge and interpretation of the social, economic and environmental issues of critical importance for research and teaching. She has a B.A. from the University of Guelph (1995), and an M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo (1998). She went on to receive her PhD from the University of Manitoba in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in 2005. She is currently and Associate Professor (and former Canada Research Chair) in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. She has worked in northern Canada for over 20 years on a range of collaborative and community-based research projects on different aspects of variability and change in northern communities and ecosystems.
Brent Swallow is Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta, trustee of Bioversity International, and founding member of the Edmonton Food Council. He is a native of Saskatchewan who earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lived and worked in Africa for much of his career before returning to Alberta in 2009. Much of his research focuses on the economics of land use and resource management institutions, including those governing use of rangelands, forests, and watersheds. He recently assisted the Prince Albert Grand Council to assess community perceptions of plans to remediate the site of the former Gunnar uranium mine on the shores of Lake Athabasca.
University of Alberta
Dr. Bruno Wichmann is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the valuation of environmental goods and policies, the design of environmental regulation, and the role of social networks in shaping environmental values and policy.
University of Waterloo
Brian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a cross-appointment to the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. His research analyzes human-nature relationships and advocates social justice and sustainability in contexts of tourism, leisure, and livelihoods. Dr. Grimwood joins the Tracking Change… project as a co-applicant involved in collaborative research with the Lutsel ‘Ke Dene First nation with a graduate student (Brendan Belanger, MA Candidate) working under his supervision. The co-applicant status will provide opportunities for greater collaboration within the partnership, networking the outcomes of their research with the rest of the research community, including community partners, professionals in government and the private sector, faculty members and students at other institutions nationally and internationally, and the public.
M.Sc. Graduate in Biological Sciences at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Carolina Tavares de Freitas
Supervisor: Priscila Fabiana Macedo Lopes
Research Topic: Arapaima fisheries co-management: an alternative to conciliate biodiversity conservation with human well-being in the Amazon region?
Arapaima (Arapaima spp.) is the largest freshwater scale fish in the world and an iconic element of the Amazon region. This fish has high ecological, economic and cultural value to Amazonian ecosystems and people. Since the 2000s, arapaima fishery has been banned in Brazil except under a collaborative management plan approved by the government. Arapaima co-management initiatives are proliferating throughout the Amazon and seem to be an important tool for biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, and gender equality in fisheries. On the other hand illegal arapaima fisheries are still quite common, and we know very little about arapaima stocks and conservation status. In my PhD I intend to evaluate the historical trends of arapaima stocks in the Brazilian Amazon, and to assess the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of arapaima co-management. Data collection will be based on interviews with local people from three important tributaries of the Amazon river (Juruá river, Purus river and Negro river), and on records from the Brazilian Environmental Agency (~15 years data).
Doctoral Student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta
Carrie Karsgaard is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, specializing in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies in Education. Using the Trans Mountain pipeline controversy as a case study, her doctoral research uses the large-scale data available on Instagram to trace and analyze how publics reinforce, reject, and/or destabilize settler colonialism as they leverage platform affordances to engage with the pipeline issue. In her work with Tracking Change, she has coordinated the Youth Knowledge Fair and supported young people from the Mackenzie River Basin to speak at events associated with the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP24).
M.Sc. Graduate in Environmental Management at the Royal Roads University
Supervisor: Brenda Parlee – Supervisor
Collaboration with: Stol’o First Nations / Ubon Ratchathani University
Research Topic: Local Fishers Knowledge in Governance in the Lower Mekong and Fraser Basins
The goal of this proposed project to learn more about the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and management practices in decision-making about the sustainability of fish and fishing livelihoods in the Lower Mekong and Fraser Basins. The two specific objectives are to determine: a) what and how TEK is being systematically generated about culturally valued fish species that are currently ‘endangered’ (e.g., Giant Catfish Panasianodon gigas ‘pla buek’), and b) how this knowledge is influencing the governance of fish and fishing livelihoods at different scales. Oloriz hopes to learn from local fishers, leaders and government representatives about different aspects of Traditional Knowledge and its potential role in governance. Most importantly, she would like to contribute to the sustainability of local ecosystems, fishing practices and livelihoods.
M.Sc. Graduate in Risk and Community Resilience at the University of Alberta
This presentation discusses a project developed with the Sahtu Got’ine of Deline. The Sahtu Got’ine of Deline have, over many generations, developed valuable knowledge, practices and institutions that are deeply integrated with their spiritual worldview; Great Bear Lake for example, is conceptualized as the source or ‘heart’ of the community and their livelihood. Traditional knowledge about local ecosystems including ecosystem dynamics is important to the continued sustainability of fishing livelihoods in this region and in many other northern communities. As the stresses of climate change and resource development grow, this knowledge will become even more important to the community and others concerned with the sustainability of the arctic environment.
Thesis available at https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-64ca-w573
Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta
Aboriginal Member, Yukon
Metis Settlements General Council
Darren is a proud member of the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement. He is a successful small business owner who has been active in Metis politics his entire life. Darren’s primary areas of focus include infrastructure, consultation and housing.
University of Saskatchewan
I am an applied cultural anthropologist with expertise in economic and environmental anthropology. My research is focused on environmental livelihoods and the complex relationship between culture, economy, and the maintenance of local food systems. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics and a Senior Research Chair with the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan.
Elaine brings a thirty-year record of successful coordination of research programs and projects in an inter-disciplinary setting. In managing various aspects of the project, she will administer the sub-grant program, coordinate knowledge sharing and mobilization, develop a publications program, and organize various activities and events. She will also work with the research team for outreach and program extension, network with other projects and other areas of expertise, and extend partnerships with relevant organizations and programs.
Dr. Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, and Canada Research Chair in Community-based Resource Management. His major contributions have been in the area of integrated social-ecological systems, and deal with commons theory, resilience and traditional ecological knowledge. He has authored some 250 peer-reviewed publications including nine books. His traditional knowledge book, Sacred Ecology (Routledge, 2012) won the 2014 Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America. He has also authored Coasts for People (Routledge, 2015) and co-edited the volumes, Linking Social and Ecological Systems (1998) and Navigating Social-Ecological Systems (2003).
I live in the small Yukon community of Mayo, which has around 450 people. I love hunting and fishing and spending time with people of all ages. In Europe I am looking forward to trying new kinds of food and meeting people from all over the world.
My poster is on how the Mayo Lake water levels were affected by the winter 2018 drought. Not being able to access the Lake by boat affects my family’s ability to hunt and fish in the warm months. Also, I am concerned that lower water levels will affect fish habitat.
Henry Huntington studies human-environment interactions in the Arctic and beyond, and also works to conserve the Arctic environment in light of climate change and industrial development. In addition to dozens of scientific papers, he has written chapters in several major Arctic Council reports. He is also one of the authors of “The Meaning of Ice,” a recent book about sea ice in three Arctic communities. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his master’s and doctorate at the University of Cambridge. He lives with his wife and two sons in Eagle River, Alaska.
Prince Albert Grand Council
Is an external Indigenous consultant with the Prince Albert Grand Council, Saskatchewan. He has been involved in Aboriginal education in different capacities since the 1990s. He is a published author, educator, researcher, speaker, and consultant. His research and publications focus on social justice, and engaging aboriginal communities. Dr. Michell joins the Tracking Change… project as a co-applicant involved in collaborative research with a community researcher (Allan Adam) working under his supervision. The co-applicant status will provide opportunities for greater collaboration within the partnership, networking the outcomes of this research with the rest of the research community, including community partners, professionals in government and the private sector, faculty members and students at other institutions nationally and internationally, and the public.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Dr. Ian Baird, originally from Victoria, B.C., is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. He has worked on local knowledge and wildcapture fisheries issues in the Mekong River Basin in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for over 20 years. He also conducts research about the social and environmental impacts of hydropower dams and large-scale economic land concessions for plantations in the Mekong region.
M.A. Candidate in Geography at the University of Ottawa
Research Topic: Local and Traditional Knowledge Indicators for Tracking Socio-Ecological Changes in Inuvialuit Fishing Livelihoods
Given the vulnerability of northern ecosystems and communities, socio-ecological changes in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Western Arctic have a significant impact on Inuvialuit fishing livelihoods. Local and traditional knowledge from the Inuvialuit Settlement Region offers an opportunity to learn about change in this part of the Basin which is the furthest down-stream jurisdiction. Drawing on an analysis of peer-reviewed and grey literature, and qualitative interviews conducted with 10 fishers from the communities of Aklavik and Inuvik, we examine how Inuvialuit fishers track and understand change in the Delta. Themes covered relate to a) determining the importance of Mackenzie Delta fisheries for Inuvialuit subsistence and livelihoods, b) documenting Inuvialuit knowledge about change regarding fish habitat and fishing conditions, and c) identifying how fishers track and monitor changes in the Delta. We identify a range of temporally-and seasonally-sensitive indicators used by local fishers. Changes are observed in water temperature, water levels, slumps, fish quality and delta-reliant wildlife populations.
Joella Hogan is a member of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun in Mayo, Yukon, and of the Crow Clan. She is passionate about preserving her Northern Tutchone heritage and culture. With the guidance of Elders, Joella created Na-Cho Nyäk Dun’s Heritage and Culture Department; she led the department for the last ten years. Joella holds a deep respect for the land. She sees herself as a steward of the land and an advocate for clean water, fair trade, and the power of plants. Joella has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and a Masters of Arts in Rural and Native Development.
University of Alberta
John Parkins in an Associate Professor in the Department Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. He joined the university in 2007 after spending 10 years as a social scientist with Natural Resources Canada. He received his MSc in Rural Sociology and PhD in Sociology from the University of Alberta and his research interests focus on the interactions between rural communities and natural resource industries, rural development, social impact assessment, public engagement and environmental politics. Dr. Parkins has worked extensively with land management agencies, such as the Foothills Research Institute (Hinton, AB), the Sustainable Forest Management Network and Alberta Environment to establish principles and practices of socially sustainable resource management and indicators of social well-being. His research is published in a wide range of scholarly journals and government reports with a strong focus on applied research and best management practices. Dr. Parkins also teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of social impact assessment and rural community development.
Prince Albert Grand Council
M.A candidate in Mekong Regional Studies at the Ubon Ratchathani University
Supervisor: Kanokwan Manorom
Research Topic: Co-management of Sebok Basin, Northeast region of Thailand
I live in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, but I grew up in Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. I enjoy playing sports like volleyball and badminton. I am looking forward to sharing information about my community and seeing new things.
My poster focuses on erosion, rising sea levels, warming weather, and how these affect the people and the land in Tuktoyaktuk.
I am a grade 8 student at the Lutsel K’e Dene School in Lutsel K’e, Northwest Territories, Canada. I love to read and learn about her Denesoline history over a campfire. I can’t wait to meet all the different peoples from around the world and see the Eiffel Tower!
My poster is called: “How healthy are our fish?” I really like to go fishing and cook fish on the fire. I help my Dad harvest the fish from our gill net. I want to know if the fish are still healthy because there is a abandoned mine site and new mines in our traditional territory, and I’m worried it is affecting the health of our fish.
Livelihoods Director at Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta; Member of Dene Tha' First Nation, Chateh, Alberta
Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta
Supervisor: Brenda Parlee
Collaboration with: Akaitcho Territorial Government / Deh Cho First Nations
Research Topic: Linking Fishers Knowledge and Science to Understand Ecological Change in the Mackenzie River Basin
Freshwater fisheries are an important resource in Canada, particularly to Indigenous communities whose livelihoods have been interconnected to sustainable fishing practices for generations; commercial fishing operations present new challenges to the sustainability of these Indigenous fishing livelihoods that have been little explored in northern Canada. Governance arrangements for managing an emerging commercial fishery on Great Slave Lake historically marginalized Indigenous voices; current regimes developed circa 1945 do not consider the rights of Akitcho Dene First Nations nor their Traditional Knowledge related to the fishery. Working collaboratively with the Akaitcho Territory Government, the research involves the documentation of oral histories about the impacts of the commercial fishery on subsistence, and investigates the contemporary knowledge, practices and institutions of Akaitcho fishers.
Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria; BC Indigenous representative on MRBB TKSP; Fort Nelson First Nation, Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Supervisor: Val Napoleon
Research Topic: Indigenous Oral Histories of Water
The project focuses on the importance of Indigenous oral histories about water and water use as law (indigenous legal orders) in the Peace River Sub-Basin. Working collaboratively with Fort Nelson First Nation, the research will aim to increase understanding of how changes in the health of the water and access to water have altered the well-being of the community and what kinds of indigenous legal orders are needed to improved governance of the basin and heal the relationship between people and their environment.
M.A. Candidate in Geography at the Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Arn Keeling/Brenda Parlee
Research Topic: Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous people, and Northern Contaminants
I am currently a master’s candidate in geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland under the research project “Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous people, and Northern Contaminants.”. I conducted my fieldwork in Northern Canada mapping the traditional territory of a community. I also have studied in the United States, Finland and in France. In addition, I worked with a local NGO in Ecuador and volunteered in an environmental project in Italy. Currently, I am doing a Place Names project with Treaty 8 Alberta. I adopted a husky pup from northern Saskatchewan, and I like to spend my free time playing with her in the outdoors.
Tulita, Sahtu Settlement Area
M.Sc. Graduate in Risk and Community Resilience at the University of Alberta
Makenzie MacKay completed her Master of Science in Risk and Community Resilience through the University of Alberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology. Her thesis explored the importance of Indigenous peoples in climate change and energy governance. Makenzie had the great opportunity to work with Inuvialuit peoples in Inuvik, NT and Tuktoyaktuk, NT to investigate energy systems that are meaningful for the people that live there. She also researched the benefits of Indigenous youth participation in climate action related to the Tracking Change trip to COP24.
Supervisor: Dr. Brenda Parlee
University of Alberta
Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. He also holds a visiting position as Professor of Climate and Society at Ilisimatusarfik and the Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC) at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, where he directs the Climate and Society Research Programme. He has carried out extensive research and fieldwork in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Finland and Scotland. He leads the work on communities and resources in the EU FP7 project ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate and Economics – Arctic Research on Change), focusing on northern Greenland, and is a theme leader for the REXSAC (Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities) Nordic Centre of Excellence. He is author and editor of several books, including The Scramble for the Poles: the geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic (Polity 2016; co-authored with Klaus Dodds) and Anthropology and Climate Change: from actions to transformations(Routledge 2016; co-edited with Susan Crate). He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.
University of Alberta
My research focuses on freshwater fishes and biodiversity. My research focuses on three general areas: 1) understanding the mechanisms relating to species loss, especially in relation to anthropogenic disturbance like land-use change, hydrologic alteration, climate change, invasive species and their impacts to freshwater ecosystems; 2) developing better aquatic assessment methods, including how to measure global change; and, 3) developing methods to improve restoration and reclamation. As a member of Tracking change, I provide support for graduate students and community researchers in the project.
M.Sc. Graduate in Community Risk and Resilience at the University of Alberta
Supervisor: Brenda Parlee
Collaboration with: Dene Tha’ First Nations and K’atl’odeeche First Nations
Research Topic: Water Security in Dene Tha’ First Nations and K’atl’odeeche First Nations
Despite fiduciary and legal requirements of the Canadian government in ensuring First Nation communities’ well-being, safe natural water sources and household water sources are frequently a massive problem for many First Nation communities across Canada. My research, in collaboration with the communities of the DTFN and KFN, examines drinking water consumption patterns and water security levels. Although there are many potential outcomes of this research, the objectives are to: A) Ascertain what water sources community members drink, both within the home and while on the land hunting and fishing, and what factors are impacting water sources within their area; and B) develop a tool to help quantify and ascertain levels of water security for First Nation communities within Canada. This research could help lay the foundation for First Nation communities to have a better understanding of the various factors involved in their community’s water security level and community members’ concerns over their water.
Ph.D. Candidate at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Supervisor: Renato Silvano
Research Topic: The influence of fishing on the trophic structure of fish in Amazonian rivers
Understanding the trophic levels of fish is important to assess the impacts of anthropogenic activities, such as fishing. In recent years, some regions in Amazon are experiencing increased fishing pressure, which can affect important ecosystem services that fish perform. In my Ph.D. I aim to investigate the possible direct effects of artisanal fishing on the trophic structure of fish communities in clearwater rivers (Tapajós, Tocantins, Trombetas) in the Brazilian Amazon through the stable isotope tool combined with fishers’ local ecological knowledge.
I am a grade 10 student, competitive swimmer, student athlete and part-time model. My hobbies include sports such as swimming, lacrosse and exercise, music, socializing in activities or volunteer work, painting, reading and gardening.
My family moved to Edmonton in pursuit of educational goals, but my home community is in northwestern Alberta on a Dene Tha First Nation reserve. As a Dene/Cree descendant, I am learning teachings from Dene/Cree Elders who continue to encourage us to do our best at everything. What I am looking forward to in Europe are to meet youth who share similar ideas about climate change.
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
I am a biologist, with a master’s degree and a PhD in Ecology, with a special interest in Human Ecology. I am especially interested in small-scale fisheries dynamics and management. I have studied both the Brazilian coastal and Amazon small-scale/artisanal fisheries, focusing on the fishers’ strategies and behaviors that could lead to (un)sustainable exploitation of fishing resources. In some of my studies, I try to understand fishers’ decision-making processes through the use of ecological-economic models and local ecological knowledge. I have also been interested in linking social and ecological resilience and the mechanisms driving compliance and functioning of effective fisheries co-management arrangements.
M.A. Candidate in Mekong Regional Studies at the Ubon Ratchathani University
Supervisor: Kanokwan Manorom
Research Topic: Power relation in resource management in River basins: a case study of Hua Na Dam
Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul
Currently, I am a research and associate professor in the department of Ecology of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I was the head of the Department of Ecology of UFRGS from 2008 to 2010. I have been also participating in the Non-governmental organization (NGO) Fisheries and Food (FIFO) (based in Campinas, Brazil) since 2005, where I now have the position of research director. I have been doing research on Applied Ecology, Fisheries management and ecology, Fish ecology, Human Ecology and Ethnobiology. I got my Doctor degree in Ecology in 2001, at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil and I concluded a post-doc in the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2008.
I’m from Ft. McPherson, but the traditional name is Tetlit Zheh, located in the Northwest Territories of Canada. My community is small but strong and thriving community with a population about eight hundred. In general, the people in my community live off hunting, fishing, and trapping. The rest are employed in local government, educational or in one of the two stores. My poster is on the effects of climate change on Peel Plateau.
What I am looking to forward to seeing in Europe is the Eiffel Tower, since it is really a world icon.
I live in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (Canada). I like to go out on the land and hunt, fish, snowmobile whenever I can. I also enjoy playing sports, everything from hockey to volleyball. I am looking forward to meeting new people in Europe and learning about how climate change is affecting other communities. I also like to explore different cultures and food!
My poster is on the effects of climate change on the Slave River. This topic personally impacts me and my family. We fish and live on the Slave River. I also want to create awareness about the health of the river and help to preserve it for future generations.
Fisheries & Forestry Biologist at the Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB)
Shalene is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Director of the Aboriginal Governance and Partnership program. She is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family) and is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six). Shalene has published in the edited collection Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place (2016) and Indigenous Identity and Resistance (2010), and in the journals American Indian Quarterly (2011), Revue Générale de Droit (2013), Native Studies Review (2016). She also co-authored in Aboriginal Policy Studies (2012). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Nehiyawak Narratives: Exploring Cree Relationality, the Land, and the Economy. Shalene is involved in numerous community centred research projects, including Métis Approaches to Governance, Tracking Change – The Role of Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance, and the Wahkohtowin Project, a land-based research and pedagogical initiative grounding university learning with Elders and knowledge keepers on the land.
Integration Planning Officer at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC); Government of Canada representative on the MRBB TKSPWG
M.A. Candidate in Sociology at the Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand
Sirasak Gaja-svasti (Toe)
Dr. Kanokwan Manorom – Supervisor
Fish Consumption in the Context of Community Change in the Tributaries of the Mun River
University of Ottawa
Dr. Sonia Wesche is an Assistant Professor in Geography, Environmental Studies and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa. She has worked with Aboriginal communities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, Canada for more than a decade to better understand their vulnerability and capacity to adapt to environmental change. Her multi-disciplinary research draws on multiple sources of knowledge, with a focus on local and traditional knowledge and knowledge co-production. She is particularly interested in links among environmental change, traditional land and resource use, food and water security, and health and well-being in Aboriginal communities.
M.Sc. Candidate in Risk and Community Resilience at the University of Alberta
Brenda Parlee – Supervisor
The Role of Traditional Knowledge in Understanding and Addressing Cumulative Impacts on Freshwater Systems in the Dehcho Region
There is growing concern amongst the Kátł‘odeeche First Nation regarding downstream impacts of oil and gas activity on the aquatic health of the Hay River Basin. With an interest in contributing to the bilateral agreements between the Government of Alberta and the Government of the Northwest Territories, my research will lead to a better understanding of both the indicators of aquatic ecosystem change of importance to the First Nation, as well as the use and meaning of such indicators in local, regional and territorial processes of social learning. It is anticipated that the outcomes of the research will be of practical use to the First Nation as well as inform the implementation of the bilateral agreement for the Hay River watershed between the Northwest Territories and Alberta governments. I look forward to working in collaboration with KFN, as they develop and implement a Traditional Knowledge based community environmental monitoring program.
M.A. Candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria
Collaboration with: Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) and GTC Department of Cultural Heritage
Supervisor: Trevor Lantz
Research Topic: Socioecological Change Affecting the Cultural Landscape and Fishing Livelihoods in the Gwich’in Settlement Region
Northern communities and landscapes are experiencing rapid socio-ecological change. In the Gwich’in Settlement Region (GSR), environmental disturbances associated with climate change and industrial development are increasing cumulative impacts on the landscape. These impacts can significantly alter landscapes through changes to soil properties, hydrology, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity, and also affect Indigenous peoples who are intertwined with and utilize their landscapes for subsistence and cultural traditions. Collectively, these changes have the potential to affect Gwich’in livelihoods, as well as the cultural and ecological landscape of the region.
In response to these changes, and in partnership with the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC), and the GTC Department of Cultural Heritage, my Master’s research explores the following two research questions:
1) What are the current impacts of environmental disturbances on the Gwich’in cultural landscape? and
2) How does access to fish affect Gwich’in well-being?
To answer the first question, I am utilizing spatial overlay analysis to examine the overlap between areas of cultural significance and environmental disturbance in the GSR. This has been followed by consultation interviews with four cultural resource experts in the region, in preparation for a Secondary Analysis. For the second question, I have conducted 26 semi-structured community and land-based interviews about Gwich’in community members’ personal fishing history, observations about access to fish and fishing, and observations of socioecological changes to fish and fishing livelihoods. These interviews are now being analyzed for interactions between environmental change, access to fish, and well-being. The findings from this research will increase our understandings of regional socio-ecological change, and inform cultural and natural resource management.
Community Research & Monitoring Coordinator/Manager
Tracy has been working with Indigenous communities and organizations on traditional land use mapping, management and community based monitoring for over 15 years. As a former member of the Mackenzie River Basin Board’s Traditional Knowledge and Strengthening Partnerships Working Group (TKSPWG), Tracy has been involved in Tracking Change from its inception and is excited to be part of the Project Team. Tracy offers project management and research support, works to create a Community of Practice for CBM practitioners and aims to find opportunities to strengthen linkages and collaborate with other research institutions and the provincial government.
Trevor Lantz is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He holds a PhD (Landscape Ecology) from the University of British Columbia, an MSc (Ethnoecology) from the University of Victoria, and a BSc (Botany) from the University of Alberta. Trevor’s research focusses on understanding the rates, causes, and consequences of environmental change in the western Canadian Arctic. He and his students in the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab work collaboratively with indigenous hunters and trappers to gain insight into regional environmental change and to guide detailed field research investigating the processes facilitating change. To place their field studies in a regional context, and to examine variation at a broader scale, they use remote sensing and modelling. Trevor’s recent research has focussed primarily on four areas: 1) vegetation change, 2) thawing permafrost, 3) traditional knowledge studies, and 4) Arctic storm surges. Trevor lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his partner and two daughters and enjoys playing in an amateur bluegrass band named “Lonesome Pine.”
M.A. Candidate in Sociology at the Ubon Ratchathani University
Supervisor: Kanokwan Manorom
Research Topic: Gender and Indigenous Knowledge on Fisheries in the Mun River and Si Phan Don in Southern Laos
The study focuses on gender and fishery knowledge along the Mun River, wetland areas, and Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) in southern Laos. Many scholars have addressed that fishing activities in the areas are very crucial for local livelihoods. Males and females have different knowledge of fishing, depending on their roles in ecological systems, development activities and policies of water resource management.
Zizhao (Finn) Wang
Zizhao (Finn) is an Electrical Engineering undergraduate student graduating in 2018 Spring. He is providing various information technology supports to the project including website development and webinar hosting. He has a strong interest in indigenous and environmental issues. His experience includes working in the Faculty of Native Studies and the Government of Alberta Environmental Monitoring and Science Division.