Keyano draws western, Indigenous knowledge together in environmental monitoring program

October 24, 2018

Keyano College has launched a new environmental monitoring program in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta that brings together western science and Indigenous knowledge. The program was launched in October, and its first group of students are studying in Fort Chipewyan, a Cree, Dene, and Métis community that has long raised concerns about pollution and low water levels. “I jumped at it,” said Kevin Marten, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and one of the program’s first students. “The people who do the testing feel passionate about it and that's what I want. I want to be part of something.” Keyano Instructor Sithara Fernando acknowledged the tension between western science and Indigenous traditional knowledge, but said that the tension made the students stronger. CBC