Indigenous and Western knowledge(s) in equity for conservation

Jared and Joe Copper Jack

Jared Gonet is a PhD student at YukonU who is exploring how Indigenous and Western knowledge can equally create conservation solutions. He is working with a number of Yukon First Nations, including  Taku River Tlingit First Nation, of which he is a citizen, and other First Nations.  Jared is working with these partners to bring their ways of knowing, doing, and being, into conservation. He is conducting research in collaboration with these First Nations, by listening to, and incorporating their research needs. This will help unify researchers in the Yukon, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and result in more applicable results for all.  

When this project finishes, by the end of 2024, Jared will have earned a PhD in Conservation Biology at YukonU through the University of Alberta. He has received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant, funding from the Community-Nominated Priority Places (CNPP) as part of the Canada Nature Fund administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and additional funding from both Mitacs and the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) for this project.

Picture Context: Jared and Joe Copper Jack, who often work together regarding land planning and indigenous issues.

Written by student communications assistant, Naomi Dedon.