Seminar Series

Ecological, economic and social changes are inextricably linked and unprecedented in their pace. How then do we bridge our knowledge systems and inform these multifaceted problems?

This speaker series highlights interdisciplinary perspectives to environmental problem solving. From anthropology to ecology, economics to climate science, speakers in this series will offer forward-thinking approaches on how to tackle the foremost environmental challenges confronting society today. This series is open to all members of the SFU community.

Indigenous Voice in Resource Management

Speaker: Lana Lowe - the Director of the Lands Department with the Fort Nelson First Nations
Date: Tuesday January 12, 2021
Time: 6:00PM
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Speaker: Gwen Bridge - Owner of Gwen Bridge Consulting Ltd.
Date:
Tuesday February 9, 2021
Time: 6:00PM
Bio: Gwen has spent over 20 years of experience working for tribes in the US and First Nations and First Nations organizations in Canada, as well as provincial and federal governments. Her work has spanned a wide array of natural resource and policy topics. Technical work has included water quality standards development, water quantity, source water, and wetland protection, aquatic habitat and burned area restoration, watershed planning, endangered species recovery, environmental impact analysis, and cultural impact assessments. Gwen has been a consultant for 10 years and works mainly in negotiating mutualistic agreements that recognize indigenous law application in natural resource management. Gwen has a M.Sc in Forest Hydrology and B.A in Geography and Environmental Studies. Gwen owns Gwen Bridge Consulting Ltd., a 100% Indigenous women-owned certified aboriginal business.
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Speaker: Norm Allard - Community Planner for the Yaqan Nukiy (Lower Kootenay Band)
Date:
Tuesday March 9, 2021
Time: 6:00PM
Bio: Norm Allard is the community planner for the Yaqan Nukiy (Lower Kootenay Band), he is currently managing a large-scale wetland restoration project on band land in the Creston Valley, an ecological revitalization of the area that he considers directly linked to cultural revitalization.
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Speaker: Sabrina Crowley
Date:
Tuesday April 13, 2021
Time: 6:00PM
Bio: Sabrina Crowley, Nuu-chah-nulth name Huu’yiik, is a registered professional biologist that works for the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Uu-a-thluk Fisheries Department as a Regional Fisheries Biologist offering technical support and advice to Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. Uu-a-thluk increases Nuu-chah-nulth access to, and management of, sea resources and builds Nuu-chah-nulth capacity to find jobs and careers related to the ocean. She is active within her own community completing a four-year term on the Uchucklesaht Tribe Government Legislative Council and more recently accepted on the Marine Fishes Species Specialists Subcommittee of COSEWIC. Sustainable access to natural resources is important for her and she enjoys working with local First Nation communities. She is also the owner and operates Casanova Seafoods Inc., a shellfish tenure, with her family in Barkley Sound, B.C. and hopes her two young boys will grow to understand the importance of our resources and appreciate the natural environment.
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