The National Healing Forest Initiative

Stratos recently sat down with geologist Peter Croal to hear about the National Healing Forest Initiative (NHFI) that he and Patricia Stirbys, a Cree-Saulteux lawyer from Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, started in June 2015. The idea for the project came to Peter while on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Walk for Reconciliation” in Ottawa in May 2015. It was on this walk where he met and shared his idea with Patricia Stirbys, who was immediately interested in helping.

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Exploring the Intersection of Indigenous Worldviews and Engineering

You don’t often see “engineering” and” “Indigenous worldviews” in the same sentence – but you should!

Engineering is more than just the construction of buildings and bridges – it’s about the process of designing, building and maintaining technologies, each of which can have significant environmental, social and economic impacts. Indigenous worldviews, by comparison, are rooted in local traditional knowledges with rich insights into cultural traditions and natural surroundings. Indigenous knowledges and worldviews can play an important role in engineering processes and design practices, providing insights about ecological and social processes, causes, predictions and possible adaptations.

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Different Forms of Knowledge and Collaboration - The Touchstones for Integrated Natural Resource Management

On behalf of Stratos, I had the pleasure to be part of a multidisciplinary panel of experts, led by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), that was charged to study and report on the State of Knowledge and Practice of Integrated Approaches to Natural Resource Management in Canada.

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Stratos Supports Partnership for Reconciliation

Thank you to Capital Magazine for highlighting our efforts to advance reconciliation in their Spring 2019 Women's Issue. At Stratos, we are proud to build reconciliation into the way we work and behave - both as individuals and as a company. We will continue to lead by example and exercise our influence to support better outcomes for Indigenous peoples, including through our work with Neegann Aaswaakshin and the team at First Peoples Group

Check out the article here!

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Listening with our ears and our hearts - a conversational gathering with Indigenous partners and federal government employees

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On a cold yet sunny winter’s day, in the Royal Canadian Geological Society’s upper gallery at 50 Sussex Drive, overlooking the frozen Ottawa River (known in Algonquin as Kitchissippi or “Great River”) a group of 25 individuals sat in circle, ready to listen, to share, and to connect their hearts in story.

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Resourcefulness within Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors – The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Thanks to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and the coming of autonomous cars, more of us are interacting with Artificial Intelligence (AI) than ever before. AI is a technology that enables computers to do tasks often done by humans: analyzing and adapting to data and their environment in ways that mimic human cognitive functions such as prediction, learning and problem solving. AIs are able to improve (i.e. make more intelligent decisions) through what is known as Machine Learning (which still requires human intervention) and Deep Learning (wherein computer learning is possible without human involvement). Both types of learning involve self-improvement by an AI using the data it gathers over time.

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Building a New Arctic Policy Framework for Canada

In December 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to co-develop a new Arctic Policy Framework with Northerners, territorial and provincial governments, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis People. The new framework will replace Canada’s Northern Strategy and Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy and develop a long-term vision for Canada’s role in the Arctic to 2030.

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Identifying Common Ground: The Intersection between Canada’s Mining Sector and Aboriginal Communities

We are all aware of the many challenges facing the minerals sector today. These include securing access to lands for exploration and development, project financing, uncertainty of environmental and project approval processes, and gaining the trust and support of Aboriginal and other communities. Aboriginal communities are making progress in asserting their role in relationships with mineral companies to make their projects successful and in protecting the environment and ensuring long term benefits for youth and their families.

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