Elder Albert Marshall says it best. “Two Eyed Seeing” is what he calls the approach to incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with traditional scientific methods.
UINR, Parks Canada, and the Government of Canada want to incorporate both TEK and western science in the pursuit of ecological integrity in the national parks. First Nations are always consulted during park management planning. TEK is also used in species-at-risk programs and environmental assessments and screenings.
UINR’s Cheryl Berubé is working on developing processes and protocols that are based on shared ethics and principals, respecting the intellectual property rights of the Aboriginal people.
Watch our next issue for her findings.