Lecture series through the years
North at Trent 2021-2022 Lecture Series
How Long Term, Multi-Disciplinary Research has Contributed to the Conservation of Seabirds in a Changing Arctic
Friday February 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Grant Gilchrist is a Research Scientist at the National Wildlife Research Centre in Ottawa (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and currently an adjunct professor at Carleton University, McGill University, and the University of Windsor. Early in his career he was inspired by several long-term ecological studies led by Jamie Smith (song sparrows, University of British Columbia), Tony Gaston (seabirds, Environment Canada), Erica Nol (shorebirds, Trent University), and Ian Stirling (Polar Bears, Environment Canada). These studies not only quantified environmental change over time, but also the often complex responses of wildlife to these changes. These rare studies were instrumental when detecting ecological change driven by extreme weather events, diet shifts, the emergence of diseases, and climate change; all issues that might otherwise have gone undetected.
After joining Environment Canada in 1995, Grant worked to emulate these studies when designing his own research program to address Federal priorities to conserve Arctic birds and ecosystems. He has led multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs to study the underlying processes of Arctic seabird ecology. These include foraging behaviour, reproduction, migration, winter distribution, and how seabirds are affected by changing climate and emerging diseases in the north. Most studies are very collaborative in nature; linking academia, government, industry, and Indigenous organizations.
Monitoring Plastic Pollution in the Canadian Arctic: What We Have Done, and Future Planning
Friday March 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Jennifer Provencher is a research scientist with the Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Health Division in Environment and Climate Change Canada. Dr. Provencher has collaborated with partners across the Arctic since the 2007‐08 International Polar Year, when she was a graduate student and visited the Arctic for the first time. Her work addresses wildlife health. Her work in the Arctic currently focuses on legacy and emerging contaminants, with a focus on plastic pollution. The work on plastic pollution in the Arctic dates back to the 2000s, and her research team works to explore both the fate and the effects of plastic pollution on all three of Canada’s coasts. She is currently the lead of the long‐term seabird contaminants project under the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), and is also the co‐chair of the Litter and Microplastics Expert Group (LMEG) for Canada under the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP).
More Than Just Franklin Stories: Inuit Oral History Beyond Canadian Mythology
Thursday 27 February, 3 p.m. Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College
About the talk: The recent discovery of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition has brought much attention to the Inuit community of Gjoa Haven/Uqshuqtuuq, and to the role of Inuit knowledge in locating the wrecks. This talk focuses on the role and relationship of local Inuit to the ongoing Franklin research. It examines how Inuit histories are represented in Canadian Arctic iconography and mythology, and locates these in the wider context of intergenerational knowledge sharing in present-day Nunavut.
About the speaker: Dr. Mark Stoller is the Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern & Polar Studies
Locating Hope in a Melting Arctic
Thursday 12 March, 2020, 3 p.m., Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College
About the talk: The speaker led a project for WWF international for eight years called "the Last Ice Area/Similijuaq". It focuses on a resilient area of sea ice, projected to be the last place where large areas of summer sea ice will persist under the current climate trajectory. This talk will chart the journey from despair over the disappearing sea ice in the Arctic to a conscious decision to turn the narrative into one of hope centred on the Similijuaq (place of the big ice). The presentation will show how this hopeful message was communicated and how it resonated with policy-makers and policy-shapers.
About the speaker: Clive Tesar Educator, policy advisor, communicator
Clive Tesar grew up and worked in the Northwest Territories and has worked all over the Canadian and circumpolar north. He was a journalist, radio host, and editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
He has led communications for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat of the Arctic Council. He was also Head of Communications and External Relations for World Wildlife Fund’s Global Arctic Program for nine years, where he led the “Last Ice Area” project.
Clive is now an educator, lecturing in the Northern Studies Masters program at Carleton University. He has also designed courses for Trent University, and taught at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a special program for Inuit students. He continues to consult for a variety of clients and was recently the drafter of the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework for the federal government. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication, and has published in several journals and Arctic Council reports.
Arctic Forager Mobility and Information Exchange, ca. 2500 - Contact era: A Study of Beringian Ceramic Technology"
Monday March 18, 2019
7:00 p.m. in the DNA building, room B104, Symons Campus, Trent University
About the lecture:
Beringia was a critical pathway for the peopling of North America and has since continued to be a source of ideas, technology, and human movement for thousands of years. While archaeologists have established broader past patterns of interaction and migration, many questions remain about the ways that people expanded, contracted, and invested in Beringian social networks in relationship to forces of cultural change. The socially and environmentally dynamic mid-late Holocene period is of particular interest, as this is when multiple migrations of people moved across Beringia. Prior ceramic research established that ceramic technology was part of Beringian information exchange networks over the last 1000 years, and that networks changed over time in relationship to shifting settlement patterns. New ceramic analysis is directed at understanding longer term patterns of cultural exchange between northwest Alaskans and the broader Beringian region over the last 2500 years.
About our speaker:
Shelby Anderson (PhD University of Washington) is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. Her interests include past hunter-gatherer societies, human ecodynamics, evolutionary theory, ceramic technologies, and archaeology of the Arctic, Subarctic and Pacific Northwest. Cross-cutting these interests is a commitment to community engagement and collaborative interdisciplinary research.
In Conversation: Sustainability and Canada's North
November 20, 2018 - Sarah Cox '85
Director, Circumpolar Affairs Directorate & Head of Delegation for the Sustainable Development Working Group Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
8:00 p.m. in Scott House room 105
reception to follow in Scott House Senior Common Room
Settling the North: Development of Communities in Northeast Asia
Tuesday January 29, 2019
2:00 p.m. in Bagnani Hall, Traill College, 310 London Street
This talk, presented by Dr. Lisa Janz, will showcase new archaeological research in northern Mongolia and discuss how unique environmental and cultural trajectories in northern Asia set the stage for the peopling of the Canadian Arctic. Dr. Janz is the Bondar Fellow in Northern and Polar Studies at Trent University.
Polar Knowledge Canada: Leadership and Partnership in Arctic Research
Tuesday February 26, 2019
7:30 p.m. in Bagnani Hall, Traill College, 310 London Street
The Frost Centre is pleased to be able to present this rescheduled talk by Trent Alumnae Jeannette Menzies. Jeannette is director of Knowledge and Engagement at Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR). She will be speaking of her experiences and connections to research being conducted in and about the arctic.
“Post-Glacial Palaeoecology and the Greening of the Gobi Desert”
January 24 - Dr. Lisa Janz
Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern & Polar Studies, Trent University
“Mitsi (the words)”
February 15 - Norma Dunning
Author and PhD Candidate, Indigenous Peoples Education, University of Alberta
“Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: An acknowledgement of (Inuit) cultural well-being”
March 21 - Dr. Anna Hudson
School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University
All lectures at 7:30 p.m. in Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College
reception to follow ·· events are free of charge and open to the public
North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series
Putting the Cold War on Ice: Science, Sovereignty and Security in the Canadian Arctic During the Cold War, 1945-1972
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dr. Daniel Heidt
Frost Centre Research Associate, Trent University
During the second half of the 20th century, the Arctic sat below the shortest air route between the United States and the Soviet Union. Protecting North America from approaching Soviet bombers subsequently required an unprecedented buildup of military equipment and personnel in this sparsely populated and previously neglected region. Radar warning lines, airfields, and a host of other facilities were built in record time. Enhanced understanding of the Arctic environment was critical to these projects, and social scientists have traditionally studied Arctic science research within this context.
Iceberg Alley, Climate Change, and Canada's Grey Resources
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Dr. Rafico Ruiz
Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern & Polar Studies, Trent University
Over the past two decades, icebergs in Iceberg Alley, an area that extends from the glaciers of the western coast of Greenland to Baffin Island and south past the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, have progressively emerged as a sought after commodity used in the production of vodka, beer, and luxury-branded waters. By drawing on historical research and fieldwork across communities in Iceberg Alley, this talk will examine how icebergs are emerging as “grey resources”: equally implicated in the ambiguous ethical shadow of anthropogenic climate change through glacial melt, as well as important secondary resources for the safe operation of oil and gas installations on the North Atlantic. Overall, I will consider how the commodification of natural phenomena such as icebergs highlights the grey ethical and environmental modalities underpinning the consolidation of a northern natural resource.
Fire in the Library: Arctic Warming, Coastal Erosion, and the Catastrophic Loss of Scientific and Cultural Understanding
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dr. Ben Fitzhugh
Director, Quaternary Research Center & Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Washington
Arctic and subarctic regions contain numerous archaeological sites where organic preservation is spectacular due to the cold climate. In addition to artifacts left by past humans, these sites contain ‘archives’ of plants and animals often in deep chronological sequences and spanning millennia. In this paper, we explore the value of these archaeological archives as “distributed observation networks of the past” and consider case examples from Iceland, Eastern and Northern Canada, Alaska and the Russian Far East. Well-dated archaeological faunal samples subject to morphological, isotopic, and genetic methods shed light on long-term ecosystem evolution in the context of climate changes more extreme than any recorded in the instrumental and historical records of recent centuries. New techniques make it possible to examine changes in productivity, food web dynamics, stock structure, population bottlenecks, extinctions, and population range shifts that can be compared to other records of climate and environmental change. Increasingly these records are being compared systematically across regions in ways that make it possible to explore coupled climate-ocean-ecosystem dynamics over large spatial scales and through century and millennial time scales. The cases presented have been brought into comparison thanks to collaborative work by the Paleoecology of Subarctic Seas (PESAS), North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO), the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE), and the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA).
A Mountie’s Life on Ellesmere Island, 1959-1961
January 28, 2016 • 2:00 p.m. • Bata Film Theatre BL103, Bata Library
Brian Armstrong presents the collection of his father’s pictures
Canada and the International North
January 28, 2016 • 7:00 p.m. • Bagnani Hall, Traill College
Stewart Wheeler ‘88, Canadian Ambassador to Iceland
Trent University Trent graduate and current Canadian Ambassador to Iceland, Stewart Wheeler, offered reflections on his time in Iceland as his posting comes to an end.
Inuit Perspectives on Arctic Governance
February 11, 2016 • 7:00 p.m. • Bagnani Hall, Traill College
Rosemarie Kuptana, former president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, former President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and helped establish the Arctic Council
Ms. Kuptana is a former president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada. She became involved in Inuit organizations around 1975 in discussions between Inuit and the Government of Canada regarding Inuit land rights. In 1979, she joined the Northern Service Branch of the CBC, and subsequently joined the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation as a Production Coordinator and as President from 1983-1988. From 1986 to 1989, she was the Canadian Vice-president for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. From 1991 to 1996, She served as President of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada where she led negotiations seeking recognition of the inherent right of self-government of indigenous peoples. In 1995-1996, Kuptana was President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and helped establish the Arctic Council. Kuptana has received many awards for her service in the protection of Inuit culture and Inuit rights: the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Confederation Medal, the 1994 National Aboriginal Achievement Award and honourary doctorates from Trent and York Universities.
Rosemarie has published the text of her talk on her facebook page
Greenland’s Process Towards Self-Determination
March 10, 2016 • 7:00 p.m. • Jr Common Room, SH, Traill College
Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Greenland Representation at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC
Science, Security, Technology and the North
March 24, 2016 • 7:00 p.m. • Bagnani Hall, Traill College
A panel with Drs. Whitney Lackenbauer, Stephen Bocking, Andrew Stuhl and Dan Heidt
(Event canceled due to weather)
UN Declaration: Blueprint for Reconciliation, Justice and Hope
February 10, 2015 • 7:30 p.m. • Bagnani Hall, Traill College
Paul Joffe and Jennifer Preston
The Oka Crisis: Lessons for Enbridge Pipline
February 24, 2015 • 7:30 p.m. • Bagnani Hall, Traill College
Tsilhqot'in and Keewat'in: The Legacy of Delgamuukw v. the Queen
March 3, 2015 • 7:30 p.m. • Bagnani Hall, Traill College