Blue Box Seminar
Friday, Dec. 1, 3-4 p.m.
Title: “Atikamekw Nehirowisiw Indigenous Protected Area Creation: Conservation for Self-Determination”
Speaker: Maro Adjemian-Baskerville, PhD candidate, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Description: Maro’s doctoral research is focused on supporting the elaboration of a management plan for an Atikamekw Nehirowisiw IPCA in Quebec, in collaboration with the Atikamekw Nation Council (CNA). This IPCA, Masko Cimakanic Aski, is a protected area project that was initiated by an Atikamekw Nehirowisiw extended family who have been working for over 20 years to have their ancestral territory recognized by the Quebec government as a protected area. In support of this project, my research methods include archival research, interviews with Atikamekw Nehirowisiw participants and with government and conservation professionals involved in protected area establishment in Quebec, and involvement in the IPCA project through meetings, workshops, informal conversations, and participation in a video project. Through this research, I examine the capacity of IPCAs to transcend the colonial power structures and systems within which conservation policy is embedded, and to protect space for Indigenous self-determination and resurgence.
Presented by Department of Geography