ULethbridge, Piikani receive $1.6M for environmental sensing, monitoring programs

May 1, 2019

The University of Lethbridge and Piikani First Nation have received grants worth $1.6M from Western Economic Diversification Canada. The university will use nearly $1.2M to enhance its Terrestrial Eco-system Remote Sensing program through the purchase of a new Titan multi-spectral LIDAR imaging system. The remaining $432K will go towards the Piikani Nation’s implementation of a community-based environmental monitoring program that integrates traditional Indigenous knowledge with emerging techniques. “The University of Lethbridge has partnered with the Piikani Nation to engage the Piikani Nation in community-based environmental monitoring to train and build capacity with the Nation to do their own monitoring and not have to source it out to non-Nation companies,” explained ULethbridge First Nations Transition Program co-ordinator Michelle Hogue. “The express purpose is to preserve important cultural sites but also for the purpose of doing business with non-Indigenous companies that might want to collaborate with local communities.” Lethbridge Herald (AB)