Natasha Haycock-Chavez

Office: Marine Geomatics Lab

Supervisors and Committee: Dr. Rodolphe Devillers, Dr. Joel Heath and Dr. Arn Keeling

Previous Education:
BA Economics (major), Arctic Studies (minor), German (minor), University of Washington 2016

Research Project:
The Implementation of an Indigenous Protected Area in Sanikiluaq, in the Belcher Islands, Hudson Bay.

Research Project Description
Canada has committed to an international goal of preserving 17% of its terrestrial area and 10% of marine areas as protected by 2020. As 2020 approaches, Canada has expanded its funding for protected areas to include areas that are declared protected and managed by Indigenous communities across Canada. The community of Sanikiluaq in the Belcher Islands wants to declare their land and waters are protected. This area will include crucial habitat for eider ducks and belugas, among other important species. I am working directly with The Arctic Eider Society to assist Sanikiluaq with the legislative and political process.

Research Interests
conservation, indigeneity, Indigenous knowledge, environmental management, colonialism, Indigenous self-determination.


Department of Geography

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Tel: (709) 864-8000