The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Connections’ and presentations and activities focused on: understanding caribou in the context of other species, landscape ecology, conservation, and climate change; building on long-term knowledge and management experience, both scientific and traditional; identifying and celebrating the linkages between caribou and people; and, enhancing collaborations among people, groups and organizations interested in caribou. The biannual event was attended by over 300 delegates.
Jessie attended the pre-conference session, ‘Working towards Caribou Conservation: Aboriginal Engagement and Knowledge’, and presented CIER’s report on Indigenous-led Caribou Action Planning at the workshop.
Working Towards Caribou Conservation: Aboriginal Engagement and Knowledge
The purpose of the pre-conference session was to:
- Explore and share examples of collaborative efforts to better understand processes, mechanisms and governance structures that lead to successful co-operative management efforts;
- Learn about initiatives where Indigenous peoples are playing a lead or significant role;
- Increase awareness of how Indigenous Knowledge is shared and/or applied along with scientific knowledge to manage and conserve caribou;
- Promote effective and respectful use of Indigenous Knowledge; and,
- Share perspectives, interests and experiences with caribou conservation.
The following case studies were presented on:
- The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Management Board;
- Porcupine Caribou Management Board;
- Saulteaux First Nations Research and Conservation Program; and,
- Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table.
CIER presented on our 2015 report entitled, ‘Indigenous Communities Leading the Way for Woodland Caribou Recovery in Canada – a 2015 Review of Indigenous-led Action Plans.’ Our presentation was included on the first day after the plenary session, as part of an Indigenous Panel. Other co-speakers included: Walter Bezha who presented on the Délįne Caribou Conservation Plan, Stephanie Poole who presented on the caribou eaters of Thaidene Nene, Nadia Saganash who presented on the struggles of co-management regimes in relation to caribou conservation and the protection of Cree traditional pursuits in Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory, Patricia Nash who presented on the connection between the people of NunatuKavut in Labrador and caribou, and John Virgl who presented on spatial and temporal changes in seasonal range attributes in a declining Barren-ground caribou population.
It was impressive to see a pre-conference session dedicated to Indigenous caribou conservation efforts as well an Indigenous panel included on the first day, after the plenary speakers. The conference was well thought out and organized, and we would like to commend the organizing committee for a job well done!
If you would like information on the workshop, please contact Jessie DeGrave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to read the Indigenous Communities Leading the Way for Woodland Caribou Recovery in Canada – a 2015 Review of Indigenous-led Action Plans, click here.