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Global Monday - The Arctic and Environmental Justice Issues

William H. Gates Hall

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

UW Law and the UW Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies present:

“Addressing Environmental Justice Issues in the Canadian Arctic: Stewardship, Community-Driven Research and Assessing Cumulative Impacts of Hydroelectric Mega-Projects on Sea Ice Ecosystems”

Joel P. Heath, 2014-15 UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies; Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society

Inuit and Cree communities in East Hudson Bay/James Bay have identified major concerns about impacts of hydroelectric mega-projects on winter sea ice ecosystems. This traditional knowledge has been used to develop community-driven scientific research programs engaging hunters and youth in meaningful employment using their sea ice knowledge and skills to study cumulative impacts on the marine ecosystem. This presentation will demonstrate results of ongoing programs with five communities.

Dr. Heath is an accomplished academic and filmmaker with over 15 years of field experience in the Arctic. He established the Arctic Eider Society (www.arcticeider.com), a registered Canadian charity working with Inuit and Cree communities to develop capacity for community-driven research, training and education/outreach with youth and hunters. He led one of Canada’s largest and most successful International Polar Year projects, developing community research programs, educational curriculum, and directing/producing the award winning film People of a Feather (www.peopleofafeather.com).

This event is sponsored by Global Mondays, UW School of Law; the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (with funding from a US Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education, Title VI grant); Arctic Law and Policy Institute, UW School of Law; and the UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies (supported by the UW Office of Global Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa).


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