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Exploring Distinct Indigenous Knowledge Systems to Inform the Sustainability of Fisheries on Canada's Three Coasts and Inland Region

This discussion will share the findings of a seven-year pan-Canadian research partnership between the Assembly of First Nations and Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), focusing on how distinct Indigenous Knowledge Systems can be used to better inform efforts aimed at sustaining fisheries on Canada's three coasts and the Inland region. The potential for an increased awareness and understanding of the differing worldviews underpinning Western and Indigenous approaches to fisheries governance, using case studies from across Canada, allows for both opportunities to be seized and barriers to be overcome as Canada attempts to improve its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

Led by Dr. Lucia Fanning, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University, Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the research team from Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia and Nunavut will share findings and engage participants in discussing their findings. The research team acknowledges funding support from its partner organizations and communities and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Event Information

This learning activity is designed for all public servant groups and levels.


Date and time:

March 12, 2019 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)


  • Lucia Fanning, Professor and Principal Investigator, FishWIKS Partnership Research Project, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • Shelley Denny, Director of Aquatic Research and Stewardship, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, Cape Breton, NS
  • Janelle Kennedy, Director, Fisheries and Sealing Division, Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut, Iqaluit, NU
  • Joe Martin, Traditional Resource Committee for Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Tla-o-qui-aht, BC
  • Ken Paul, Director of Fisheries, Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa, ON




English with interpretation in French

  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available by webcast


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