Hakai Institute at SFU



February 1, 2015 - Clam Garden Network Featured in North by Northwest

Dana Lepofsky talks with guest host, Willow Yamauchi, about her exciting clam garden research and the work of the Clam Garden Network including the Hakai-supported work conducted in Kwakshua Channel, around Bella Bella, and in Northern Quadra Island in this segment of CBC's North by Northwest.  Dana describes how local First Nations have been cultivators of land and seascapes with complex management systems for thousands of years. The research shows that clam gardens today are 150 - 300 percent more productive than beaches without clam gardens. To listen to the 20 minute podcast, visit http://www.cbc.ca/nxnw/ and forward to 38:00.

Photo: Mark Wunsch from www.clamgarden.com


January 30, 2015 - Clam Garden Network Site Goes LIVE

The Clam Garden Network is a group of First Nations, academics, researchers, and resource managers from coastal British Columbia, Washington State, and Alaska who are interested in cultural and ecological importance of traditional clam management practices and features, including clam gardens.  To learn more, visit the Clam Garden Network site at: www.clamgarden.com

Photo: John Harper from www.clamgarden.com


November 26, 2014

Ken Lertzman is one of the guest speakers at the UBC series,  Oecologies: The Histories of Sustainability .  His talk is scheduled for 5:00 pm on November 26 and is titled:

“Ecology and a Sense of Place: Go for a Walk in the Woods and Save the World”

Summary: What have we learned about people’s relationships with nature from explorations at the nexus of ecology, archaeology, and ethnobiology?  There are many examples of both positive and destructive interactions with the environment in the archaeological and historical records – and in research on modern systems of resource management. However, one broad conclusion is that sustainability is a learned phenomenon – and that learning happens through intense engagement with nature, whether through the multi-generational lived experience of traditional knowledge or through formal scientific research. Society today faces many profound challenges in our relationships with the global environmental systems that support us. All of these are made more difficult by the withdrawal of human experience from intense immersion in the natural world, loss of multi-generational connections to place, systematic dismantling of local knowledge in management institutions, and the disenfranchisement of science in the policy-making system. These issues, as expressed in phenomena such as global climate change, are the defining social-ecological problems of our time. 

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