Blue Box Seminar
Friday, March 11, 3-4 p.m.
Issues between Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Western Science Systems
Abstract: This talk will highlight some paradigms that have created the foundation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Western Science to highlight similarities, differences and efforts to pull both approaches together. There will also be an introduction of the 4-directions model for First Nations and explore concepts on why balance is essential in areas such as ocean and coastal management.
About the author: Ken Paul is a member of the Wolastoqey First Nation in the community of Neqotkuk whose traditional territory is located on the North Atlantic coast spanning the Canada/US border between Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec. Over the past 9 years, has help the positions as National Fisheries Director with the Assembly of First Nations and the Regional Fisheries Director for Atlantic First Nations. Ken has advocated for the First Nations regionally.
Previously, he had worked for 10 years in ocean mapping with the Canadian Hydrographic Service and 10 years with Parks Canada as a Senior Policy Advisor in Atlantic Canada and the Field Unit Superintendent in the Northwest Territories. Ken has worked regionally, nationally and internationally on all aspects relating to fisheries, aquaculture, oceans governance and aquatic resources as they relate to inherent and treaty rights, negotiations, legislation, and policy. This includes Indigenous Knowledge Systems, economic prosperity, community engagement and resource management. Ken has an MBA with St Mary’s University and a BSc from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a proud and dedicated father of two.
Presented by Department of Geography