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  • SSHRC Roundtable
    Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples
    November 29, 2002

    The Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training sponsored Kelly Bannister to participate in a Roundtable on Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples, hosted by the Social Science and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Policy recommendations for new funding initiatives in this research area are to be made to the Council in early summer 2002.

  • Poster presentation
    Aboriginal Policy Research Conference
    November 26-28, 2002

The Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training sponsored Anne Morgan (Toquaht First Nation) and Kelly Bannister (Community-University Connections) to present a collaborative poster at the Aboriginal Policy Research conference in Ottawa, Ontario. The poster was in both printed and electronic forms and highlighted the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training's “Protocols Project” and “Nuu-chah-nulth Language Project.

Click here to view a PDF of the poster.

  • Science Symposium
    The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
    November 17-19, 2002

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust organised a three-day Science Symposium for the communities of the Clayoquot Sound region at the Tin Wis resort in Tofino. On Day 1, researchers supported by
the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training reported on the outcomes of their studies. On Day 2, presentations and discussions revolved around forest certification and sustainable forestry. On Day 3, presentations and discussions focused on aquaculture and fisheries management issues.

At the conclusion of the symposium, a special dinner hosted by the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training was held on November 19th, to celebrate the accomplishments to date on the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training’s “Protocols Project”.

The dinner was opened with a prayer by Levi Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (on whose territory the event took place). Guests were welcomed by Stan Boychuk (Executive Director of
the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust). Participants in the Protocols Project were thanked for their contributions by Dr. Rod Dobell (Professor of Public Policy at UVic and Principle Investigator on
the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training) and Dr. Kelly Bannister (Community-University Connections, UVic). Nelson Keitlah and Jack Little (both of the Ahousaht First Nation) honored the guests with stories, words of wisdom and a song.

The dinner reflected the spirit of collaboration between community and university members through opportunities provided by the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training.

Click here for an outline of the science symposium.

A CD of the presentations is available from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

  • Symposium on Indigenous Culture, Heritage and Intellectual Property Rights
    World’s Indigenous Peoples Conference.
    October 16-19, 2002

On October 16, 2002, Dr Kelly Bannister organised and chaired a session on “Indigenous Culture, Heritage and Intellectual Property Rights” for the World’s Indigenous Peoples Conference in Kelowna, BC. Bryce Gilroy-Scott provided technical assistance for the session and transcription of the presentations for preparation of a Proceedings to be made available in 2003.
The session was sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training.

Click here for a description of the session and list of presentations.

Click here for link to the conference to access all abstracts of the presentations.

  • Workshop and Paper Presentation
    9th International Congress of Ethnobiology
    September 16-19, 2002

The Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training and the MCRI Coasts Under Stress Project sponsored Dr. Kelly Bannister to lead a workshop and present a paper at the 8th International Congress of Ethnobiology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Click here for an abstract of the paper “Ethnobiological Research: On Whose Terms?”

Click here for a description of the workshop “Community Protocols"

  • Panel presentation:
    Native American capacity-building conference

    May 5-9, 2002

The Community-University Connections' work on Indigenous community protocols was presented by Dr. Kelly Bannister in a session on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights, at the First Nations Development Institute's 12th Oweesta Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Session Title:
"Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights"
Panel members: Linda Delaney, Hawai'i (Cultural Heritage and Repatriation); David Stephenson, Colorado (Commercial Law); and Kelly Bannister, Victoria (Community Protocols) with Jo Render, Washington, DC (Chair).
Click here to view an abstract of the session.

  • Panel Presentation:
    Coastal Community Networking Conference

    May 2-4, 2002

A group presentation by Clayoquot Sound region community members and UVic researchers was made at one of the dialogue sessions of the 10th Coastal Communities Network Conference in Port Alberni, BC. The session was organised by Community-University Connections on behalf of the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training.

Session Title:
The Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training".
Presenters: R. Dobell (Public Administration); S. Boychuck (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust); S. Harron (Clayoquot Alliance, Ucluelet); K. Bannister (Community-University Connections, University of Victoria); A. Morgan (Toquaht First Nation); and G. Schreiber (Clayoquot Alliance, Ucluelet).
Click here to view an abstract of the session.
Click here to view a summary of the session.

  • Seminars:
    UC Davis Cross-Disciplinary Forum on Ecological Ethics

    April 2-4, 2002

Dr. Kelly Bannister was the featured speaker at a week-long cross-disciplinary forum on ecological ethics at the University of California, Davis April 2-4 2002, Davis, California. The forum included a Roundtable Discussion on the Protection of Rights and Resources of Native Communities (April 2, 2002), a Panel for Women Ethnobotanists (April 3, 2002) and two seminars given by Dr. Bannister:

Seminar 1:
"Ethnobotany and Bioprospecting: Biological and Cultural Impacts, Legal and Ethical Issues"
Cross-disciplinary Forum on Ecological Ethics, April 5, 2002.
Click here to view an abstract of the seminar.

Seminar 2:
"Community-University Research Collaborations: On Whose Terms?"
Cross-disciplinary Forum on Ecological Ethics, April 4, 2002.
Click here to view an abstract of the seminar.

The forum was organised by Ms. Jeannine Pfeiffer of the Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia. The forum succeeded in drawing over 125+ participants comprising a diverse group of UC Davis students, staff and faculty from over twenty departments and on-campus institutes as well as representatives from off-campus agencies and members of the general public.

The forum was generously sponsored by the following groups:
Consortium for Women and Research; Genetic Resources Conservation Program; Graduate Group in Ecology; Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia; International House of Davis; International Agricultural Development Graduate Group; Plant Biology Graduate Group.
Food for the events was donated by the Davis Food Co-op.

  • Panel Presentation: Community-Based Research
    March 14-16, 2002

The collaborative work to date on community research protocols was presented by Dr. Kelly Bannister during a panel presentation at the B.C. Community Forestry Forum. March 14-16, 2002, Victoria. This international forum was organised by the International Forests and Communities Network, which is also an initiative of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.

Session Title:
"Ropeburns and Realities: The Process of Community-Based Research"
Panel Members: Darcy Mitchell, Royal Roads University, Kelly Vodden, SFU, and Kelly Bannister, UVic, with Shawn Morford, SIFERP (Chair).
Click here to view an abstract of the session.

  • Legal Conference and Indigenous Networking Conference
    Feb 21-24, 2002

A collaborative paper was prepared on behalf of the World Indigenous Coalition for ActioN (WICAN) by Ms. JO Render of First Nations Development Institute and Dr. Kelly Bannister of Community-University Connections for the Indigenous Peoples' Global Conference Feb 21-24, 2002 held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY.

Paper Title:
"The World Indigenous Coalition for ActioN (WICAN): A tool to promote understanding and respect for the core values of traditional and Indigenous peoples."
Click here to view a PDF file of the paper.

Over the same dates, Dr. Kelly Bannister was also able to attend a legal conference on Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Indigenous Culture, February 21-22, 2002. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, NY.

  • Public Workshops on Collaborative Research Protocols
    November 26-27, 2001; February 12, 2002; and October 30, 2002

In collaboration with the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training, Community-University Connections organised and facilitated three public workshops in Tofino and Ucluelet on development of research protocols and guidelines for research in the Clayoquot Sound Region (see Protocols Project).

Click to view a PDF file of the Protocols Project Workshop Notes:

Workshop 1, November 26 and 27, 2001:
Best Ways of Sharing Knowledge and Wisdom

Workshop 2, February 12, 2002:
Identifying the Starting Points for Agreement

  • Community Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights
    January 9, 2002

Dr. Kelly Bannister was invited by the North Thompson Indian Band to hold a community workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in Chuchua, B.C. The workshop was arranged by Sid Jules (North Thompson Capacity Initiative Coordinator) and facilitated by Judy Steves (District Planner and Aboriginal Liaison, Kamloops District Forestry Service). The workshop was attended by members of the Secwepemc First Nation, and representatives from government and non-government organisations and industry.

Click here to read an article on this workshop in the LINK newsletter of the Forest Research Extension Partnership.

  • Panel Presentation and Workshop:
    Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights

    May 28-June 1, 2001

    This session was part of the Building Bridges with Traditional Knowledge Summit Meeting hosted by the University of Hawai'i (Honolulu) and sponsored by the Society for Economic Botany. The IPR Working Group was held in honour of Dr. Darrell Addison Posey, a world-renown ethnobotanist and Indigenous rights advocate and founder of the Programme for Traditional Resource Rights (Oxford Centre for Environment, Ethics and Society) who sadly passed away in March 2001.

    The IPR Working Group met to discuss issues related to intellectual property rights and protection of the traditional knowledge of Indigenous and local communities. Panel members included: Mr. Maui Solomon of Aotearoa (co-moderator), Ms. Aroha Te Pareake Mead of Aotearoa (co-moderator), Mr. Alejandro Argumedo of Peru, Dr. Elaine Elisabetsky of Brasil, Dr. David Stephenson Jr. of U.S.A, and Dr. Kelly Bannister of Canada (facilitator). A new international Indigenous peoples' intellectual property rights/traditional resource rights advocacy group called the World Indigenous Coalition for ActioN (WICAN) was established as an outcome of the session.

    Click to view a PDF file of the IPR Working Group session,

    Summary Notes 1 (May 28, 2002)

    Summary Notes 2 (May 29-31, 2001).

  • Roundtable Discussion:
    The North American Pharmaceutical Industry and Research Involving Indigenous Knowledge

    May 17-18, 2001

    This multi-stakeholder roundtable was organised by First Nations Development Institute/First Peoples Worldwide as part of their Corporate Engagement Strategy for protection of Indigenous peoples' rights. The roundtable was hosted by the public interest law student group headed by Dr. Russel Barsh of New York University School of Law. The objective was to forge a new, constructive dialogue between Indigenous communities and outside commercial forces. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Rebecca Adamson and facilitated by Ms. JO Render and Ms. Kristyna Bishop, all of the First Nations Development Institute. The co-presenters in a session on Research Perspectives included Mr. Tuma Young of the Mi'kmaq Nation, Dr. Maurice Iwu of the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, and Dr. Kelly Bannister of UVic.

  • Workshop:
    Adaptive Management and Sustainable Communities

    May 8-11, 2001

    This workshop was developed in collaboration with the Policy Research Secretariat (Ottawa), The Centre for Public Sector Studies (UVic) and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (Tofino). The workshop explored how the principles of adaptive management can help to address urgent issues facing communities that are in transition from a resource-based to a more diversified economy. Presentations, discussions, and field trips were held at the University of Victoria, and in locations throughout Clayoquot Sound. Participants included community members, First Nations representatives, University faculty and government representatives.

    Community-University Connections facilitated a panel presentation and discussion on "New Approaches to Making Resource Policy: Ideas on Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Conventional Science in Resource Management". Panel members included: Dr. Richard Atleo (UMEEK) of the First Nations Studies Department at Malaspina University College, Ms. Crystal Sutherland formerly of Long Beach Model Forest Society, Dr. Nancy Turner of the School of Environmental Studies at UVic, Dr. Katherine Barrett of the Eco-Research Chair at UVic, and Dr. Kelly Bannister of Community-University Connections at UVic (session chair). A summary of the workshop is available as a Special Issue of the Horizons newsletter (Vol. 4 Special Issue December 2001) of the Policy Research Initiative.

  • Discussion Panel:
    Community Knowledge in Environmental Decision-Making

    February 27, 2001

    This panel was co-organised by Community-University Connections in collaboration with several community-based researchers and practitioners in the U.S.A. It was presented at the Taking Nature Seriously: Citizens, Science and Environment conference held at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

    Panel members included: Timothy Ingalsbee of the Western Fire Ecology Center, Dr. Robert Tucker of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, Dr. Katherine Barrett of UVic, Dr. Kelly Bannister of UVic and Dr. Tracie-Lynn Nadeau of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wetlands Division (session chair).

    Presenters outlined three case studies of community-based research, and discussion focused on three key questions: How is scientific information communicated between community members and researchers in government and academia? How does the process of generating information and conducting research affect the way in which results are integrated into regional, federal and international policy-making? How can communication and collaboration be improved to support mutual learning and address complex social and environmental issues? These session papers will be included as case studies in a future publication on collaborative community-based research.
    Click here to view an abstract of the session.

  • Community Health Workshop on Mould
    January 30, 2001

    This workshop was hosted by the Ahousaht First Nation (Flores Island) and sponsored by the Sh'ulh-etun Heath Society (Chemainus). Community-University Connections staff were invited to attend the workshop to learn about the serious environmental and human health problems, financial expenses and social disruption (due to relocations) caused by excessive growth of mould in the reserve houses. Is there a role for University researchers in addressing the mould problem of Ahousaht and other communities?

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