Katelyn Friendship

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CO-Director

M.A., B.Sc. Hons

With a background in environment and resource sciences (ERS), biology, and Indigenous environmental studies, I completed my Masters degree (2010) in Indigenous Studies-Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.

I have always been interested in environmental issues and my schooling has led me from animal care to zoology, to my BSc. in ERS and biology. While doing my undergraduate degree, I took a three-year "break" from school, where I lived and volunteered for a grassroots environmental organization in Thailand. It is from my experiences in Southeast Asia where I worked with Indigenous communities facing unique environmental conditions and challenges, that I became interested in analogous situations in Canada.

My work and interests are focused on environment and health issues and I have been involved in this area for some time. I am driven by the importance of doing "good research", that is, research that is community-based and is why I now work for the AICBR. Presently situated in Yukon Territory Canada, I have been working on a variety of projects related to food security, climate change, contaminants, and health across the Canadian North.

While I love to travel, I also enjoy wandering the incredible landscape of the Yukon with my family and friends.