Land Use Research

Assisting with community-based land use planning, including preparation of land-use strategy documents that highlight community-based perspectives. Traditional Knowledge documentation and GIS Mapping of cultural and ecological values provides a strong foundation for effective community-based land use planning.

Examples of applied social-science research conducted in support of land use planning and management:

  • Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Nomination (March 2010 — January 2015)
    Conducted research, writing, and editing tasks associated with production of the first nomination document (2013) and the resubmission (2015), including the description and history of Aboriginal cultural values, comparative analysis for cultural values demonstrating the site’s Outstanding Universal Value, and a detailed thematic review of cultural documentation held by the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation. Research and writing supported establishment of World Site.
    » Detailed description of project tasks
  • Indigenous Ecological Classification of Wetlands (March 2007 – November 2011)
    As project lead in the Phase II pilot study, and co-lead with Iain Davidson-Hunt in the Phase I scoping study, i conducted research through focus groups, interviews, and field visits to develop descriptions of wetland values that First Nations and Métis people of Fort McKay, Alberta, want to see restored through future oil sands reclamation processes. Wetland values were identified in three subject areas — customary use, ecological values, and cultural values — and documented in narrative text, a GIS database, and digital imagery.
    » Detailed description of project tasks
  • Whitefeather Forest Initiative (January 2004 — April 2011)
    Worked directly for the Whitefeather Forest Management Corporation of Pikangikum First Nation in their community-based land management planning for the 2.2 million hectare Whitefeather Forest. Research supported focussed on explaining traditional knowledge perspectives and developing GIS data that was made available for land use planning purposes. Writing tasks included production of the Whitefeather Forest Land Use Strategy (Keeping the Land), a Recreation Resource Inventory for the Whitefeather Forest protected areas, and working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to produce a proposal for a Declaration Order for Environmental Assessment Act coverage for forestry and revisions to the Ontario Forest Management Planning Manual to incorporate the provisions of the Declaration Order.
    » Detailed description of project tasks

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