Co-chairs: Jason Stow (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Eva Ariak (Qikiqtani Inuit Association)
Paul McCarney (Kaujisannimi AngajukKâk Nunatsiavut Government)
Megan Bailey (Dalhousie University)
There is increasing prioritization given to community, Indigenous, crown and scientific partnerships in conservation, management and planning. Indigenous leadership and community participation in designing and implementing conservation plans and policies is leading to conservation successes in Inuit Nunangat and across all northern regions. This session will focus on case studies where cooperation and partnerships between multiple sectors and actors, or across maritime boundaries have advanced the conservation discourse and led to positive results. The application of evidence-based Indigenous and western science to provide a foundation for management, planning and conservation in multiple environments will be a key element for consideration. Presenters from communities, academic institutions, and governments working across multiple disciplines are invited to share their findings, experiences and approaches to conservation that recognize the importance of community involvement and the use of multiple knowledge systems.