An Advisory Circle (AC) was formed during full proposal development comprised of members of the research team (21 members) – senior academics (10), and Indigenous leaders and Elders (11) with a combined history of academic excellence, leadership in Canada (e.g., two former Canadian Members of Parliament) and experience in large-scale research initiatives related to biodiversity or Indigenous health. For example, Tsannie is Vice. Chief in Northern Saskatchewan, Blondin-Andrew was the first Indigenous woman elected to Canadian Parliament; Dr. Kuhnlein led global assessments on food security and Wrona was Chief Scientist in Alberta. Of the 21 members, 66% are Indigenous, 52% are women/gender diverse and 61% Canadian. Bringing together these diverse experts is an innovation in research governance due to the potential to connect their disciplinary and other expertise.
Members of the Advisory Circle are identified in BOLD in the list of project partners below and highlighted in the Advisory Circle page under Governance.
Co-Applicants and Collaborators
There are representatives of more than 100 IGOs engaged in our project. They form the foundation of Place-Based Research Teams (PBRTs) which will lead over half of the research activities of the project. Additionally, there are 35 universities engaged; 50% of which span Canada from Simon Fraser University to Yukon University to Memorial University. There are also 8 federal/ territorial/provincial governments from Canada involved as well as 9 ENGOs and global organizations. Most notable are the roles of the UNPFII, PAHO, FAO, CCUNESCO and UNFPA, PROMETRA, and key members of IPBES (e.g., Co-Chair of SUA, Marla Emery). These organizations will play critical roles in supporting our work including knowledge mobilization to reach global audiences.
Our list of collaborators continues to grow. Each individual is represented on our interactive map based on their home/office city. Locations have been generalized to protect privacy. A full list of Co-Applicants and Collaborators can be found below the map.
Our project is supported by an amazing group of managers, coordinators, administrators, and technicians.
Tracy Howlett, University of Alberta
Amabel D’Souza, University of Alberta
Zoe Boirin-Fargues, University of Ottawa
Nasya Rouse, Carleton University
Sarah Gooding, University of Alberta
Elaine Maloney, University of Alberta
Kirsten Bowser, McGill University/CMN
Katarzyna Nowak, University of Alberta (North)
Saad Salim, University of Alberta
David Bressler, University of Alberta
Marina Offengen, University of Alberta
Martine Desrochers, University of Alberta
Alexandra Sawatsky, Memorial University