Dr. Brian McLaren – Travelling West and East from Lake Superior to Lake of the Woods
The lecture will be broadcast live via ZOOM for those who cannot attend in-person and recorded and posted to the Museum's YouTube at a later date.
Encompassing the traditional territories of eleven First Nations, spanning many more small communities of Indigenous Anishinaabe, two Treaty areas, and three communities of the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Lake Superior to Lake of the Woods proposed Canadian Heritage River spans five Ontario Provincial Parks (Goose Island, Kakabeka Falls, Sandpoint Island, Silver Falls, and Quetico) and a Conservation Reserve (Rainy Lake Islands), and is an integral part of commerce, culture and recreation past and present, and includes two regional centres, Fort Frances and Thunder Bay, and numerous municipalities.
Dr. McLaren is a faculty member in Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University. Here, he teaches wildlife science and management, and has undergraduate and graduate students engaged in projects related to habitat or behavioural study of ungulates, leading to over 50 papers and book chapters on these topics. He works part time in Ecuador, where he expanded his interests in ecosystem study to include agroecology and traditional ecological knowledge in Indigenous communities, work he has also carried out in First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, related to food and Land sovereignty.