John R. Welch

John R. Welch’s long-term research and outreach partnerships with US tribes and BC First Nations center on the investigation and advancement of indigenous stewardship and sovereignty. Welch is actively collaborating on the NSF-funded University of Arizona- Southern Methodist University Fire and Humans in Resilient Ecosystems project, with responsibilities focused on the engagement of Jemez Pueblo and other Native communities in the assessment of ecological change and management responses on the Jemez Plateau northeast of Albuquerque.

During Welch’s 2014–15 study leave, an SFU/ SSHRC institutional grant supported the creation of an initial inventory and selective “ground truthing” of ancient trails across the most rugged reaches of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and adjacent jurisdictions. Welch is also assisting the White Mountain Apache Tribe in the creation of its National Archives and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) SSHRC MCRI (2008–15) directed by George Nicholas (SFU Archaeology).