Northern Forestry Centre
The Natural Resources Canada (NRC) Canadian Forest Service Effects (CFSE) Program implements research to clarify the risk and impact of cumulative effects on forested lands. The research includes data on anthropogenic and natural disturbances and incorporates climate change scenarios. The Program supports the federal impact assessment process and includes mitigation and restoration from identified impacts. The Northern Forestry Centre (NoFC) represents CFS in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.
IR prepared a cumulative effects literature review and after a period of engagement with NoFC officers and staff working with First Nations, IR developed an evidence-based research report. A knowledge gap was identified in the NoFC’s understanding of the Indigenous community’s needs with regards to cumulative effects. There was a desire to improve understanding of the type of processes that are most effective for Indigenous Peoples’ engagement and partnerships. The NoFC also identified a need to understand how to weave together Western science and Indigenous knowledge.
The assignment had three objectives:
Develop a literature review on best practice methods and approaches for including gender, socio-economic, culture, heritage, community health and Indigenous knowledge in cumulative effects research to address impact assessments, climate change vulnerability assessment, regional integrated assessment and caribou recovery plans.
Describe current baseline conditions—by way of interviews and observations—to address cumulative effects research in partnership with Indigenous Peoples at NoFC.
Provide a preliminary work plan for future engagement on a strategic partnership plan to address cumulative effects research needs and partnership initiatives with Indigenous nations across the NoFC region.