Panel Discussion: Biodiversity, Contaminants, and Indigenous Food Security in Mountain Places

 Setting up for the panel discussion

Setting up for the panel discussion

On Wednesday evening we hosted a panel discussion with moderator Roger Epp, who is the Director of UAlberta North. Panelists discussed issues of biodiversity, contaminants, and Indigenous food security. The panel featured Robyn Mcleod, who presented "Deh Cho K'ehodi (Taking Care of the Land)," Bill Shotyk, who presented "Berries to Beavers: a geochemical perspective on trace elements in country foods," Jim Schiek, who presented "Use of remote cameras to track hunted and trapped species in traditional territories of Indigenous peoples," and Norma Kassi who presented "Nourishing our future: an adaptive food security strategy to ensure the cultural and physical well-being of the Kluane First Nation against the impacts of climate change in the Yukon." 

 Bill Shotyk starts of the discussion with his presentation

Bill Shotyk starts of the discussion with his presentation

 Norma Kassi 

Norma Kassi 

After the ten minute presentations, audience members were invited to pose questions for discussion amongst panelists. The community leaders offered insight on issues surrounding Indigenous Peoples' food security in Canada's mountains.

This presentation was part of a series of events put on by the Canadian Mountain Network as part of the 2017 Mountain Festival at the University of Alberta. The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is a voluntary alliance of partners from universities, governments, Indigenous communities, and businesses dedicated to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world.

Stay tuned to this blog at internationalmountainday.ca/2017blog and check out a comprehensive list of associated events at the U of A and across Canada at internationalmountainday.ca/events.