INTRODUCING Release of New Film in Partnership with Kluane First Nation: Remembering Our Past Nourishing Our Future

In partnership with Kluane First Nation (KFN) we are pleased to announce the recent release of KFN's Remembering Our Past Nourishing Our Future DVD which was produced in collaboration with AICBR as part the Nourishing Our Future project. We have been working with KFN over the past 3 years and this documentary is the culmination of a tremendous amount of great work that the community has done to reclaim their culture, traditions, food security, and future wellbeing.

The University of Guelph is looking for First Nations, Inuit or Métis Scholars for Faculty Appointments

The University of Guelph is currently looking to hire First Nations, Inuit and Métis Scholars (either recently graduated PhD students or PhD students almost through their degree) for various faculty appointments. The university is hiring candidates in any field and is particularly interested in someone with a background in nutrition, food sovereignty, ethnobotany, or traditional food systems.

Aboriginal Youth secure their Traditional Foods in Partnership with University of Waterloo

Youth researchers, Lenita Alatini, Jared Dulac (Kluane First Nation's Youth Councillor), and Nadaya Johnson, are hard at work on the analysis

Youth researchers, Lenita Alatini, Jared Dulac (Kluane First Nation's Youth Councillor), and Nadaya Johnson, are hard at work on the analysis

This week youth from Kluane First Nation are in Waterloo testing fish samples to determine contaminant levels and nutrient values of fish from Kluane Lake as part of joint food security project with Kluane First Nation, the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research and University of Waterloo. The project, titled, “Nourishing Our Future: Building on Kluane First Nations Community Food Strategy & Youth Engagement in traditions related to Fisheries and Fish Health in Kluane Lake”, helps to answer questions raised within the Kluane First Nation community and provides a better understanding of local perceptions about nutrients and contaminant levels in traditional food sources. It builds on community-based, participatory research and Indigenous knowledge approaches and combines scientific and traditional knowledge for a better understanding of food security issues in the region and how to secure sustainable food sources for future generations. 

Preliminary analyses show mercury levels to be very low in Lake Trout and Whitefish of Kluane Lake. This is good news amidst the rising health concerns over mercury in fish in many northern communities.

KFN youth, Nadaya Johnson (lower left) and Lenita Alatini (lower right) are all smiles at the University of Waterloo where they are testing the health of trout and whitefish, among other types from Kluane Lake

KFN youth, Nadaya Johnson (lower left) and Lenita Alatini (lower right) are all smiles at the University of Waterloo where they are testing the health of trout and whitefish, among other types from Kluane Lake

This project has been generously funded through the Government of Canada's Northern Contaminants Program, Yukon Fish & Wildlife Enhancement Fund and Dän Keyi Renewable Resources Council.

 

 

Opportunity to Complete Funded Masters Research



COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND APPLIED HUMAN SCIENCES

Department of Geography

Mining, Aboriginal Communities and Well-Being

Ben Bradshaw, Associate Professor, and Jen Jones, PhD candidate and Trudeau Scholar, are looking to recruit a masters student to complete research with them and the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation on mining and community well-being. Preference will be given to residents of Yukon. 

Eligible candidates would enrol in the University of Guelph's Geography's MA program (see http://www.uoguelph.ca/geography/graduate-programs-geography) starting September 2016, and spend two semesters completing course work in advance of starting Yukon-based field work in summer 2017 (with potential preliminary fieldwork in summer 2016). The selected candidate could expect minimum guaranteed support of $20,500 in year 1 (semesters 1 to 3) and $10,500 in year 2 (semesters 4 and 5), plus coverage of all field expenses. 

Interested students with a background in Geography or a relevant social science, and no less than an 80% average in their senior undergraduate years can secure more information from Jen Jones at jjones14@uoguelph.ca or Ben Bradshaw at bbradsha@uoguelph.ca