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Traditional Knowledge and Environmental Governance

Traditional Knowledge and environmental governance

Presented in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, this discussion will explore the potential of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge to shape environmental governance in Canada. Incorporating Traditional Knowledge in this field presents both opportunities and challenges, including important ethical considerations.

Leading the conversation will be Dr. Deborah McGregor, an Indigenous scholar from Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario, who previously worked for Environment Canada. She will explain the nature of Traditional Knowledge and key methods for documenting and collecting it, as well as related protocols that are laying the foundations of a new approach to environmental governance in Canada.

Event Information

This learning activity is designed for all public servant groups and levels and is offered at no cost. This session is particularly relevant to the scientific and strategic policy communities.


Date and Time:

September 6, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)


Dr. Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, York University


Steven Alexander, Science Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


English with interpretation in French



  • John G. Diefenbaker Building, 111 Sussex Drive, Algonquin Room, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast


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