Wilson, Kaitlin

 

Name: Kaitlin Wilson
Position: Former Research Assistant
Research Project: Various
Academic background: MSc in Environmental and Life Sciences (Trent University); BSc Physical Geography, Minor in Biology (Carleton University)
Contact information: kaitlin.s.wilson@gmail.com

About the researcher: 

My undergraduate work with a few phenomenal professors at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba fostered my love of the Canadian Arctic, as well as a better understanding of how people interact with physical landscapes. After completing my M.Sc. exploring the relationship between woodland caribou in Northern Ontario and biogeographic gradients, a move North made good sense. Living in Nunatsiavut, it was a natural progression to work with the HEIC Research Group to marry my passion for caribou and their environment with the knowledge and concerns of Inuit about this culturally and ecologically important species. Bringing together knowledge holders from communities in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut and representatives from the Nunatsiavut Government, Makivik Corporation, Parks Canada, and the Torngat Joint Secretariat resulted in a successful collaborative interjurisdictional approach to understanding Torngat Mountains caribou while bringing critical Inuit Knowledge to the fore and promoting management decisions at various levels that are supported and informed by Inuit. I now work as the Natural Resource Manager with Teslin Tlingit Council, a self-governing First Nation in the Yukon, bringing together science and Tlingit knowledge of the land, in a multijurisdictional setting, to ensure land claim and Aboriginal rights remain meaningful over time.