Algonquin Aki Sibi Indigenous Protected Area Project

The above was presented at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit.

Ce qui précède a été présenté au Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021.

The following was an ePoster/eMedia submission to the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit by Kebaowek First Nation and Rosanne Van Schie of University of Toronto. Click on the video below to view.

Voici une présentation ePoster/eMedia au Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021 par Kebaowek First Nation et Rosanne Van Schie avec l’Université Toronto. Cliquez sur la vidéo ci-dessous pour la visualiser.


(Lisez la version française ci-dessous.)

Beginning in June 2019 the Algonquin Aki Sibi Project is an effort to conserve and promote Algonquin traditional ecological knowledge via land and waterway Aki-Sibi community conservation projects. These projects are led by seven partner Algonquin communities Kebaowek, Mitchikinibikok-Inik Barriere Lake, Winneway- Long Point, Kichisakik, Wolf Lake, Kitigan Zibi and Temiskaming The Aki Sibi Protected Area vision is for a network of Algonquin Protected and Conservation Areas and other effective conservation measures (OECMs) that are shaped by the participating communities’ individual cultures and characters, offering a variety of landscapes and values to meet this national challenge.


A partir de juin 2019, le projet Algonquin Aki Sibi est un effort pour conserver et promouvoir les connaissances écologiques traditionnelles des Algonquins par le biais de projets de conservation des terres et des voies navigables de la communauté Aki-Sibi. Ces projets sont menés par sept communautés algonquines partenaires : Kebaowek, Mitchikinibikok-Inik Barriere Lake, Winneway- Long Point, Kichisakik, Wolf Lake, Kitigan Zibi et Temiskaming La vision de la zone protégée d’Aki Sibi est celle d’un réseau de zones protégées et de conservation algonquines et d’autres mesures de conservation efficaces (OECM) qui sont façonnées par les cultures et les caractères individuels des communautés participantes, offrant une variété de paysages et de valeurs pour relever ce défi national.

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Brady Highway, “Thundering Ahead: Campaign for Canada’s Wanuskewin Heritage Park”

Indigenous knowledge and conservation workshop.
November 15, 2018

Hosted by the Parks Research Network at the University of Alberta

Summary Notes

  • Partnerships need to make sense and involve local communities
  • Sharing in the resources and educating people – not just transferring knowledge for economic benefit
  • Unique part of the park – Elders council (contrast to Parks Canada which is very centrally focused) that helps to ensure their vision is implemented in the park
  • If research proposal does not make sense to the community it cannot be engaged with – Indigenous communities present the issues they would like to explore to researchers and government
  • Focus on education to visitors (40,000 visitors/year – this will likely triple)
    • Many visitors from school (K-12)
  • Indigenous communities want to be able to engage in their own research and publish their own findings
  • The park is considered a learning beacon with relationships to universities (with Indigenous methodologies in mind)
  • Hope to increase the size of the park – need partnerships and investments (in the local communities) for this
  • As capacity is built in parks – it needs to transfer into the local communities

Comments from Workshop Facilitator, Thomas Snow

  • How do we speak to important issues while we work within an institution?
    • Institutions are not always interested in changing, especially when driven by monetary means
    • Underlying theme in workshop – the need to build bridges, create relationships, and create allies within work places
  • One of the ways to do this – put Indigenous voices first

Workshop Breakout Session Notes

  • Indigenous voices first – guiding questions limit the conversations
  • Brady Highway – what do the settler communities want from Indigenous communities? To take away knowledge?
  • Find a place to create space for Indigenous people to lead the way in conservation
  • Tension between “taking away knowledge” and wanting to engage with Indigenous communities
  • How can a single representative from Indigenous communities speak on behalf of a large amount of people (who all have varying values and opinions)?
  • Comparing differences between communities is not productive
  • “How to make this more human for Indigenous People” – with regards to collaboration on parks management and conservation
  • Challenges with framing PR – ensuring information shared to the public is fair to everyone
  • What about revenue generation for the local Indigenous communities?
  • Creating a place for productive conversations to occur and facilitate these discussions – the communities will decide what is appropriate for conservation management