Faisal Moola will be giving a talk as part of the Riddell Faculty Seminar Series at the University of Manitoba this week in support of his research. See details below.
Protecting the Peace: Indigenous-led conservation in the western Boreal Forest.
Dr. Faisal Moola, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Guelph
Recent land use analyses show that few places on our planet have been untouched by modern humans. Today, more than 75% of the Earth's ice-free land shows evidence of alteration as a result of human residence and land use, with less than a quarter remaining as wildlands. Nowhere is this truer than in northeastern British Columbia's Peace Region - a vast region of boreal forest, rolling grasslands and majestic rivers, which are critical habitat for iconic wildlife species, such as caribou and grizzly bears, and are the ancestral home to Dunne_Zaa and Cree First Nations. First Nations in the Peace Region are fighting for an Indigenous-driven approach to resource and land use development in the Peace Region, including the establishment of a network of Tribal Protected Areas, such as the 90,000 ha K’ih tsaa?dze Tribal Park. As noted by the late Doig River First Nation elder, Gerry Attachie, places like K’ih tsaa?dze are sacred spaces: “we’ve been there forever, even before they made the Alberta-B.C. border. We use it [K’ih tsaa?dze] for healing. Spiritual healing. We get healed out there and we pray. It’s the last place we have for our people”.
Dr. Moola’s talk will address how Indigenous Peoples, like the Dunne_Zaa and Cree First Nations of the Peace Region are exerting their sovereignty in protecting large swaths of their traditional territories as Tribal Parks and other Indigenous-led conservation areas and how such Indigenous-led efforts are critical to the future of nature conservation in Canada.