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In Caring for Eeyou Istchee, Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners reveal how protected area creation presents a powerful vehicle for Indigenous stewardship, biological conservation, and cultural heritage protection.

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Foreword / Stan StevensPrefaceIntroduction / Rodney Mark, Monica E. Mulrennan, Katherine Scott, and Colin H. ScottPart 1: Context1 Protected Area Development in Northern Canadian Indigenous Contexts / Monica E. Mulrennan and Fikret Berkes2 The Politics of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Protection / Wren Nasr and Colin H. Scott3 A Balancing Act: Mining and Protected Areas on Wemindji Territory / Ugo Lapointe and Colin H. Scott4 Collecting Scientific Knowledge: an Historical Perspective on Eastern James Bay Research / Katherine ScottPart 2: What to Protect5 Shoreline Displacement and Human Adaptation in Eastern James Bay: A 6,000-year Perspective / Florin Pendea, Andre Costopoulos, Gail Chmura , Colin D. Wren, Jennifer Bracewell, Samuel Vaneeckhout, Jari Okkonen, Eva Hulse, and Dustin Keeler6 Patterns on the Land: Paakumshumwaau through the Lens of Natural History / James W. Fyles, Grant Ingram, Greg Mikkelson, Florin Pendea, Katherine Scott, and Kristen Whitbeck7 The Mammals of Wemindji: in Time, Space, and Ways of Knowing / Murray M. Humphries, Jason Samson, and Heather E. Milligan8 Coastal Goose Hunt of the Wemindji Cree: Adaptations to Social and Ecological Change / Claude Peloquin and Fikret Berkes9 Coastal Landscape Modifications by Cree Hunters / Jesse S. Sayles and Monica E. Mulrennan10 Aa-wiichaautuwiihkw: Cultural Connections and Continuities along the Wemindji Coast / Veronique Bussieres, Monica E. Mulrennan, and Dorothy StewartPart 3: How to Protect11 Wemindji Cree Relations with the Government of Quebec in Creating the Paakumshumwaau-Maatuskaau Biodiversity Reserve / Julie Hebert, Francois Brassard, Ugo Lapointe, and Colin H. Scott12 A Responsibility to Protect and Restore: Advancing the Tawich (Marine) Conservation Area / Monica E. Mulrennan and Colin H. ScottConclusion / Monica E. Mulrennan, Katherine Scott, and Colin H. ScottIndex

About the Author

Monica E. Mulrennan is a geographer and associate vice-president of research, at Concordia University. She works closely with Indigenous coastal communities on topics related to Indigenous knowledge, stewardship, and conservation. Colin H. Scott is an anthropologist at McGill University. He directs the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives and the Indigenous Stewardship of Environment and Alternative Development research program. Katherine Scott is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. She is a heritage research coordinator in the Cree Nation of Wemindji's Department of Culture and Wellness.Contributors: Fikret Berkes, Jennifer Bracewell, Francois Brassard, Veronique Bussieres, Gail Chmura, Andre Costopoulos, James W. Fyles, Julie Hebert, Eva Hulse, Murray M. Humphries, Grant Ingram, Dustin Keeler, Ugo Lapointe, Rodney Mark, Greg Mikkelson, Heather E. Milligan, Wren Nasr, Jari Okkonen, Claude Peloquin, Florin Pendea, Jason Samson, Jesse S. Sayles, Dorothy Stewart, Samuel Vaneeckhout, Kristen Whitbeck, Colin D. Wren


This book expertly details what nature bureaucrats call a "new protected area paradigm," according to which lands are "governed by and with Indigenous people," promoting "respect for [their] knowledge, values, collective tenure, stewardship, ... and management of biodiversity" (p. xii). -- B. E. Johansen * CHOICE *

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