Heidi Brown is a mapper and data manager with over twenty-five years’ experience working at the community level. The primary focus of her work has been research related to aboriginal rights and title, and providing technical support for litigation, referrals, assertion strategies, land use planning, and project management. She is involved in a variety of community-based initiatives, including; First Nation heritage management, the collection of oral traditions, organization and analysis of archaeological and ethnographic data, and the synthesizing of these data sets into a comprehensive representation of indigenous land use and occupancy. Heidi has a special interest in training and mentoring of youth. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in history, graduate work in Library Science, and a technical diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She currently lives in northern British Columbia.
Research Associate since 2013.
Janet Winbourne primarily works in ethnobiology/ethnoecology in West Coast and Arctic ecosystems. She specializes in researching and documenting traditional and local or community knowledge of species and/or ecosystems, and compiling this information for use in resource management and Species at Risk work. Janet formerly lived in Inuvik, where as part of her work she managed a harvest study. Today, she lives on Vancouver Island, but continues to work on projects in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as the South and Central Coasts of British Columbia (including Haida Gwaii). Her experience has involved working with dozens of First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal organizations, and has spanned hundreds of different species in marine, terrestrial and aquatic environments. Recent focal species include salmon, eulachons, abalone, deer, caribou, bison, and wolverine.
Kristi Benson received her BA and MA in archaeology from the University of Calgary and has technical training in Geographical Information Systems from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has conducted ethnographic and archaeological research in British Columbia and Mexico, and has taught Anthropology and First Nations Studies classes at Malaspina University-College and Aurora College. She has also worked integrating traditional knowledge into the environmental impact assessment process and various land and marine-use planning projects in the NWT and BC. Kristi has worked with the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute since 2004, including coordination of the Mackenzie Gas Project Traditional Knowledge Study, review of land use permit and licence applications, as well as a variety of other projects. She lives on a farm in Manitoba with her partner and numerous sled dogs.