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Nov. 18, 2015

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Nov. 18, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC) will be co-hosting a research panel discussion, “Climate Warming and Aboriginal Communities in Northern Canada: Uncertain Futures,” on Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Chapel.

“Climate warming is a problem of common concern and the challenges are so complex that we need all hands on deck to find solutions from a variety of backgrounds,” said William Quinton, Canada research chair in Cold Regions Hydrology. “We need to seek out traditional knowledge and expertise from the natural and social sciences so we know how to move forward with a concerted effort.”

This event, co-sponsored by the CRRC and the Laurier Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, will explore the impact of climate change on Aboriginal communities through several perspectives. The event will feature guest speaker Edward Cholo, a trapper from Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, who is from the Liidlii Kue First Nation.

Cholo has spent his lifetime in Canada’s north and said about his experience, “Ndéh Gulii Adandih – the world is changing.” He will talk further about his first-hand experience of the land and how it has changed over generations.

The panel discussion will also include:

  • Mike English, professor and chair of Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.
  • Alison Blay-Palmer, associate professor and Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) chair of Sustainable Food Systems.
  • Dean Holman, natural resource manager from Liidlii Kue First Nation in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories.

“Understanding the role and importance of traditional Indigenous knowledge is so timely for the students and faculty of the university community,” said Jean Becker, senior advisor of Aboriginal Initiatives. “We are excited to hear from members of the First Nations community of the Northwest Territories and to hear their stories about how climate change is affecting their lives.”

Laurier is unique in its partnership with the Northwest Territories government. Signed in 2010, the 10-year partnership agreement seeks to further engage northern communities with research experts at Laurier and aid in building capacity to tackle challenges like climate change.

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William Quinton, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Hydrology
Cold Regions Research Centre
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3281


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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