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February 7, 2024
SARNIA (January 30, 2024) – Lambton College has partnered with Aamjiwnaang First Nation on a new project that aims to address critical issues related to biodiversity decline and the preservation of Traditional Knowledge. The project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) – College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF).
Project Overview: Enhancement of Biodiversity and Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
Land, with its diverse species, holds immense cultural, environmental, and spiritual significance for Indigenous communities. Biodiversity is crucial for sustaining healthy ecosystems, encompassing not only above-ground elements but also the rich diversity of native seeds and plants integral to Indigenous practices.
Aamjiwnaang First Nation, situated on reserve land by the St. Clair River, faces a decline in biodiversity and invasive plant species due to developmental impacts. In response, they have partnered with Lambton College’s Bioindustrial Process Research Centre (BPRC) to undertake a project focused on revitalizing the biodiversity of their land.