The Knowledge Mobilization Working Group, based at the University of Winnipeg, is conducting research that explores modern media (such as video and social media) as a way to document, in Canada’s three coastal-ocean regions, different perspectives on the importance of oceans for community (such as food, culture, economy).
We are also actively supporting other OceanCanada Working Groups as they engage with coastal communities, and helping other research groups mobilize the insights and learning gathered at the local level by sharing this information with Canadians.
In addition to our formal SSHRC partners, the Heiltsuk Nation and the David Suzuki Foundation are informal associates of the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group.
- Assessment of priorities and concerns from Canada’s three coastal-ocean regions
- Harnessing of community priorities with OceanCanada research work
- Development of new channels for communicating with Canadians
- Building research capacity within Canada’s three coastal-ocean communities
Frank Brown (Heiltsuk) at the Vancouver Aquarium
The Knowledge Mobilization Working Group was on track to develop participatory multi-media research projects in each of the three coastal regions of Canada. We continued to edit the Beyond Climate feature-length documentary which will be completed in 2017/18. One student film project involved working collaboratively with the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella, BC on canoe gatherings, their contribution to cultural revitalization, and the associated benefits for social-ecological systems. Another student was developing a film on a participatory art project on ocean systems in the Arctic, specifically in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. We helped redesign and bring better functionality to the OceanCanada website, as well as established a more active and effective social media presence. In addition, we have produced OCP-branded video dispatches featuring project advisors, co-investigators, graduate students, and postdocs, and played an active role in helping to organize and facilitate the spring 2016 OceanCanada conference at UBC. Finally, the KM WG was instrumental in launching the OceanCanada-Vancouver Aquarium speaker series, Charting a Sustainable Course: Exploring Canada’s Fisheries.
During 2015/2016, the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group made substantial progress in integrating community-based research, multi-media deliverables, public outreach, and cross partnership organizing and communications. It operated at the local, regional, and national levels and had active partnerships with various working groups, universities, non-governmental organizations, and funding agencies. This year’s activities included: 1) a 30-minute version of the British Columbia climate change documentary, based on over 50 interviews with residents, scientists, policymakers, government officials, and business leaders; 2) fieldwork and film documentation by Hillary Beattie, University of Manitoba Master’s student, for her thesis entitled Socio-Ecological Systems, Cultural Revitalization and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Heiltsuk Territory: A Case Study of Tribal Canoe Journeys; 3) community engagement in the Pacific region using multi-media tools. Similar work is planned for other regions in upcoming years, and regional videos will be weaved together into a larger, national-scale OCP documentary that will be a core product of OCP knowledge mobilization activities. In the fall of 2015, the Working Group began a scoping phase in the Arctic to explore opportunities for collaboration and research with communities in Nunavut.
In addition to these activities, in October 2015 Matt Carreau joined the Working Group to assist with OceanCanada communication, outreach, and coordination. He enhanced OCP’s website and social media presence, and coordinated newsletters, conferences, and other core OCP-related activities. Matt left OCP to pursue other ventures in the UK in August 2016. We wish him the best of luck!
Ian Mauro (Co-Lead), University of Winnipeg
Eric Solomon (Co-Lead), Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Natalie Baird, University of Winnipeg
Hillary Beattie, University of Manitoba
Vina Brown, Northwest Indian College
Vincent L’Hérault, ARCTIConnexion
This article is based on an essay Hillary Beattie wrote in the university course “Environment, Economy, and Aboriginal People” with Dr. Wanda Wuttunee as part of her Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba. The ideas discussed in the article were developed in part through her research in Bella Bella. Further, it focuses on a project that would have impacted Lelu Island and the coastal community of Prince Rupert, B.C. (journal website)
Doodles on display: using arts-based methods to facilitate conversations and communicate information. IK-Adapt Gathering, Guelph University; Guelph, ON.
Participatory arts-based methods for community-based research, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba; Winnipeg, MB.
Video and storytelling in Pangnirtung. Inuit Ilagiit Annual General Meeting; Pangnirtung, NU.
Visualizing changing oceans: Inuit knowledge and participatory video. 2017 SSHRC Storytellers Showcase. SSHRC Congress, Ryerson University; Toronto, ON.
Participatory videography research methods in theory and practice. Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba; Winnipeg, MB.
Beattie, H.; Brown, V.
Pulling together to gather strength: telling stories of cultural resurgence and resilience in Heiltsuk territory. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting; Boston, MA.
Canada’s climate story: participatory film, geovisualization and the future of mobilizing knowledge into action. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting; Boston, MA.
Beattie, H; Brown, V; Brown, F; Mauro, I.
Cultural revitalization, indigenous knowledge, and ecological sustainability: a collaborative videography research project. Coastal Zone Canada; Toronto, ON.
Fishing with our hands: visualizing commercial and traditional activities in Pangnirtung’s char fishery. ArcticNet; Winnipeg, MB.
Mauro, I; Romanow, J; Wuttunee, W; Bullock, R.
Indigenous communication in the digital world: economic realities and challenges. Panel, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Research and University of Winnipeg; Winnipeg, MB.