Bringing research home


Bringing Research Home is a collaborative project led by Kluane First Nation (KFN) which addresses how, why, and what research is conducted on KFN traditional territory, and which also aims to increase accessibility of climate change research that has or is occurring on KFN traditional territory.

Project description

There is a long and dynamic history of research at Kluane. Both research processes and outputs (particularly natural science and climate change research) have been largely inaccessible to - and driven by interests originating outside of - the local community and First Nation. Bringing Research Home (BRH) is a collaborative project that addresses this issue, driven by the interests and needs of Kluane First Nation (KFN).

The main goals of BRH are

a) to compile climate change research that has been conducted on KFN traditional territory and increase accessibility to this information

b) to develop a process that allows KFN greater control over research within its traditional territory

c) conduct the process while prioritizing relationships and involvement of youth

A website is currently in creation as part of this project, which includes story maps to share history of KFN and history of research in KFN traditional territory, a mapping tool displaying historical and contemporary climate change research at Kluane, community-identified expectations of researchers, and community research priorities. It serves as a resource for both community members and researchers and is expected to be published by 2022.

Project team

Kate van Ballegooyen, Natural Resources Manager, Kluane First Nation
Brian Horton, Manager, Climate Change ResearchYukonU Research Centre
Dr. Sonia Wesche, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Coleson Ford, Communications Officer and Youth Councillor, Kluane First Nation
Dr. Ellorie McKnight, Research Associate, Climate Change Research, YukonU Research Centre
Stephanie Saal, Research Professional, Climate Change Research, YukonU Research Centre
Alison Perrin, Climate Change Education and Project Coordinator, Climate Change Research, YukonU Research Centre
Savannah Muller, Student, University of Ottawa

Project partners and funders

Project partners: Kluane First Nation, YukonU Research Centre, University of Ottawa

Project funders: Canadian Mountain Network, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada