Communities and Indigenous Knowledge

Long before BC’s trail-blazing Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), Faculty-led research projects have been responsive to Indigenous priorities, and continue to be co-developed and carried out collaboratively with Indigenous partners in British Columbia, across Canada, and globally. All research projects adhere to both community-specific and UBC guidelines for ethical research, including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Cognizant of the history of inequitable Indigenous-settler relations, Faculty and students follow the 4 Rs – respect, relationship, responsibility, and reverence.

Examples of our research

  • Human impacts on the natural world, forest resources, ecosystem services, and values that human societies derive from nature
  • Indigenous perspectives on natural resource management
  • Improving the management, use, and conservation of ecosystems and their tangible and intangible benefits

Faculty involved in this research area: