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Thai Baan Research Exemplifies Value of Traditional Knowledge in Climate Research

Many researchers, NGOs, and government actors have begun to recognize the value of Traditional Knowledge (TK) as a tool to identify the effects of climate change worldwide. One such organization is the Center for Conservation and Development of Water Resources (WARECOD), a Vietnamese NGO working on, among other things, the Thai Baan Research project.  …
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Saskatoon Focus Group Scheduled for May 12-13

On May 12-13, 2017, ABS Canada will be hosting its next focus group in Saskatoon, SK in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law as part of its research project entitled “Building Capacity: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy for Canada.” This will be the third focus group ABS Canada has…
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Article Review and Commentary: The Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into Alaska Federal Fisheries Management

In their 2017 article entitled “The Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into Alaska Federal Fisheries Management,” Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Brenden Raymond-Yakoubian, and Catherine Moncrieff consider a proposed Bering Sea Fisheries Ecosystem Plan and provide substantive recommendations for improving fisheries management in the Bering Sea. These recommendations include: increasing tribal representation in decision making bodies, capacity building for…
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Bison Conservation Efforts a (Small) Step in the Right Direction With Respect to Reconciliation

Canada’s new federal government has stressed reconciliation with Indigenous peoples as a major theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Yet the federal government’s approach to this commitment has left some Indigenous communities feeling frustrated. A recent example is the re-introduction of Plains Bison into Banff National Park by Parks Canada. While the reintroduction of bison…
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