Check out CBC’s article on what the youth and other participants have to say about the Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Inuvik – and of course a feature on Firelighter Steve and his big smiling face ! #2019IMW
Firelight is pleased to announce the publication in late September of a second Tusaqtavut Study with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) regarding the Mary River Project expansion proposed by Baffinland Iron Mines in Nunavut. The first such report, in June, focused on the community of Pond Inlet; this study includes data from interviews with residents of Igloolik and Hall Beach. Both discuss potential project impacts to the quality and abundance of marine mammals, fish, caribou, and seabirds, the ability to access traditional camping, hunting, or archaeological sites, and more. We hope this report helps the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) to incorporate Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit into their decisions.
Download the first section here:
(All eight sections can be found through the NIRB portal, or can be made available upon request.)
The Gordon Foundation is recruiting for the 5th cohort of Jane Glassco Northern Fellows!
The fellowship is a policy and leadership development program that recognizes leadership potential among northern Canadians, between 25 and 35 years of age, who want to address the emerging policy challenges facing the North.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019.
Learn more about previous Fellows’ experiences and apply here: http://gordonfoundation.ca/initiatives/jane-glassco-fellowship/
Congratulations to two of our Firelight directors, Dr Rachel Olson and Alistair MacDonald, for the announcements of their membership on advisory committees for the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA)!
Dr Rachel Olson, of Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation, has been announced as a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee. The IAC is a committee comprised of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis members to provide the CEAA with expert advice and to participate in the development of policy and guidance for the proposed new impact assessment system. The IAC will provide CEAA with broad and inclusive perspectives reflective of the unique rights, interests, priorities and circumstances of the Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Alistair MacDonald has been announced as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge. The TACSK provides the CEAA with expert advice on topics related to impact assessments, as well as regional and strategic assessments. These topics include scientific, environmental, health, social, and economic issues, as well as Indigenous knowledge.
These two advisory committees will assist the transition to, and be built into the new forthcoming Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. The committees were created to help guide the CEAA in its aim to build this new impact assessment system with clearer guidelines for protecting the environment, fish, and waterways. The new system aims to:
- Be proactive on regional and strategic assessments;
- Evaluate cumulative impacts of development on issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and species at risk;
- Allow for early planning, better project design, and increased efficiency, trust, and community engagement;
- Ensure Indigenous engagement and partnership; and
- Strengthen monitoring, follow-up and enforcement.
Congratulations to Rachel, Alistair, and all the brilliant people involved on the IAC and TACSK!
Learn more about the IAC’s role and its members here: https://bit.ly/2Kd8hz2
Learn more about the TACSK’s role and its members here: https://bit.ly/31hu3aC
Firelight Senior Researcher Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya will deliver a keynote speech as part of the International Society for Equitation Science’s annual conference taking place August 19-21, 2019 at the University of Guelph. Jonaki will be describing some insights and experiences from the past 13 years of her work with Tsilqhot’in colleagues in the interior of British Columbia, researching free-ranging horses and their relationships with the land, ecosystems and local communities. In her talk, she will highlight the horses’ unique role in local culture and politics, and demonstrate that science and Indigenous knowledge are both important to inform management while conserving local cultures and landscapes. Congratulations to Jonaki!You can catch Jonaki delivering her Clever Hans talk Monday night.
To read more about the ISES conference, visit their website at https://thehorseportal.ca/course/ises-2019/.
The National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy (NISPS) is a tool in assisting communities, policymakers and governments to work together to address the full breadth and complexity of both risk and protective factors known to help reduce suicide in our communities.
The report presents findings from an environmental scan that was undertaken to support NISPS objectives. The scan involved a review of both grey and academic literature, and a series of key informant interviews with individuals who have experience working on suicide prevention and related initiatives across Inuit Nunangat.
At Firelight, we understand that some projects which are culturally, politically, or ecologically important to Aboriginal communities are also very difficult to fund. We commit a portion of our revenues to funding these types of programs or research projects. We will consider supporting community-based research and projects with partial or full funding that would otherwise be hard to fund and have high cultural significance. To assist in the funding allocation process, Firelight will be utilizing a funding docket approach for 2019 Social Return projects. The proposed intake deadline for the spring is June 15th, 2019 by 5pm PST, which will be able to fund projects up to $15,000.
For additional information, please contact Katy Dimmer at 780-760-1255 or Carolyn Whittaker at 250-590-9017.
Firelight’s Steve DeRoy was interviewed by Karen Pauls on CBC’s Unrserved, January 18th. Listen to Steve talk about working with Google Earth to add Indigenous lands to Google Maps. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/redrawing-the-lines-1.4973363/how-one-cartographer-is-helping-indigenous-communities-put-themselves-on-the-map-1.4973373
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