Background - MN-S Carbon Pricing Initiative
Métis culture has a unique blend of both First Nations and European influences and includes values of both environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship. Métis people are stewards of the land and carry traditional knowledge about the land and their environments that has been passed down for generations. This knowledge and its transfer are deeply connected to the land which give the Métis people a vested interest in its preservation, maintenance and monitoring.
Until recently, climate change science has been heavily based in western science practices and methods, without significant inclusion of traditional knowledge. The benefit of the MN-S Carbon Pricing project would be two-fold, as it would allow for us to supplement existing knowledge and evidence with traditional knowledge, as well as provide a venue for the intergenerational transfer of knowledge. This transfer of knowledge is fundamental to the persistence of Métis culture in Saskatchewan.
The Impact Assessment Act creates additional clarity surrounding the responsibilities of regulators and proponents in considering and evaluating Indigenous Knowledge and Protocols (IKP) when all aspects of a project are considered. In spite of this there is a significant gap in capacity and familiarity with regulatory requirements amongst technicians, politicians and the citizenship of the MN-S. Regulators and proponents are poorly equipped to engage with MN-S generated IKP and there is a general lack of understanding that western science based data may or may not be reflective of what MN-S citizens prioritize as key considerations.
Project Description & Objectives
The training and retention of twelve part-time environmental navigators, each based in one of the twelve MN-S regions. We will prioritize the hiring of MN-S youth and ensure these individuals work with Elders in the program to ensure intergenerational knowledge transfer is facilitated. These individuals will be responsible for representing regional concerns to MN-S governance, begin to develop regional datasets that are reflective of MN-S citizen priorities, and learn using MN-S developed training curriculum to engage and understand IKP and western science derived environmental data.
The development of an online will be based on a data management system and training program. We will develop curriculum developed from MN-S knowledge and expertise to help navigators begin to gain the foundation in IKP and western science. Our training will be aimed to be effective at being delivered remotely ensuring equivalent opportunities for all using a sustainable model reducing the need for centralized operations. We will also create opportunities for navigators and other MN-S citizens to submit data to the website in a secure manner that protects confidentiality and MN-S intellectual property.
Navigators will collate, assess, and discern trends in all available environmental data. This function will allow for MN-S to better be prepared to meaningfully understand potential impacts stemming from climate change or any other change in landscape and help represent and define regional concerns. The collation and analysis of this data will be key to MN-S governance and citizens in developing strategies to improve resilience to climate change.