PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS2018-08-16T03:29:23+00:00

Dr. Brian Riddell

President & CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancouver, BC.
1974 BSc. University of Guelph, 1979 PhD. Zoology, McGill University

Salmon, Science, and Society …

Sounds like the title for a book, but after a few discussions with the conference organizers, I will braid a story from these very broad themes.  The state of salmon is an increasingly difficult to summarize as trends differ significantly depending on geography, time period, influence of enhancement projects, and local perspectives.  Western science has progressed in leaps recently but many of our salmon issues require more local and holistic knowledge that we continue to struggle to integrate.  But under climate change, I expect local and traditional knowledge to become more informative than western-based predictions since that knowledge base will be more informative at the scales, over space and time, important to local salmon populations and their habitats.  It will be this convergence of knowledge that may finally create an effective salmon society necessary to protect and restore Pacific salmon for future generations.  Ironically, the social network that we need to create today reflects the network of salmon populations that evolved over thousands of years … unfortunately, it has taken a long time to realize this!   

Courtney W. Mason, PhD

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities,
Thompson Rivers University

Parks and Protected Areas: What is being Conserved and for Whom?

This talk will focus on a brief history of park development in Canada which will overview the impacts on ecosystems and local peoples. For Indigenous communities, the histories of parks and protected areas have often facilitated displacement, cultural loss and food insecurity. In the 21st century, many Indigenous peoples are using new park designations and related legal frameworks to protect their traditional lands, their key ecosystems, and the food sources that they support. Conflict over who makes land use decisions is common between multiple stakeholders, such as natural resource extraction and tourism industries, Indigenous communities, as well as numerous levels of government. To demonstrate the complexity of these issues and possible ways forward to protect fish and critical watersheds, examples will be drawn from Western Canada and Māori land-use management in Aotearoa/New Zealand.  

Dawn Morrison

Secwepemc Nation, Indigenous Food Sovereignty Specialist

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Wild Salmon Conservation

As the Founder/Chair of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS) and a member of the Secwepemc nation, Dawn will begin by highlighting Indigenous food and eco-social and spiritual values associated with wild salmon. Dawn will share insights gained in her studies of eco-cultural restoration, as well as over 11 years of mobilizing Indigenous food sovereignty knowledge and networks, will propose a conceptual framework designed to honour wild salmon and the complex system of Indigenous bio-diversity and cultural heritage in the watershed. In the spirit of deep and meaningful truth and reconciliation, the presentation will provide an overview of the deep systems change needed to address the ecological and social crises impacting wild salmon and water.