Abstract

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is becoming more prominent in land management programs in Canada. While it was largely dismissed for quite some time since colonization began in Canada, it is increasingly valued for its integral understanding and accurate knowledge of local ecosystems. Canadian land management regimes were selected as case studies in order to broaden understanding of how TEK is used in modern land management scenarios. Discussion elaborates on other uses of TEK aside from land management and how further research and documentation of TEK could benefit ecosystems and humans in the face of a changing climate, declining biodiversity, threatened and endangered species, and increasing intensity and incidences of wildfire.

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Natural Resource Science

Faculty Advisor

John Karakatsoulis

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Canada

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is becoming more prominent in land management programs in Canada. While it was largely dismissed for quite some time since colonization began in Canada, it is increasingly valued for its integral understanding and accurate knowledge of local ecosystems. Canadian land management regimes were selected as case studies in order to broaden understanding of how TEK is used in modern land management scenarios. Discussion elaborates on other uses of TEK aside from land management and how further research and documentation of TEK could benefit ecosystems and humans in the face of a changing climate, declining biodiversity, threatened and endangered species, and increasing intensity and incidences of wildfire.

 

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