Collaborative Conservation: Reconnecting People, Land, and Bison through the Iinnii Initiative

dc.contributor.advisorRoth, Robin
dc.contributor.authorKeyser, Erich
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T14:51:50Z
dc.date.copyright2018-08
dc.date.created2018-08-17
dc.date.issued2018-08-24
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Geography, Environment and Geomaticsen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmeGeographyen_US
dc.description.abstractThe Iinnii Initiative is a Blackfoot-led conservation effort to restore free-roaming bison to Blackfoot traditional territory around the Waterton-Glacier region in Alberta and Montana. It has brought together a collaborative network of stakeholders and rightsholders across various borders and presents itself as a unique example of Indigenous-led collaborative conservation. However, jurisdictional, cultural, and socio-political complexities create some challenges. Through practicing a decolonized methodology, this research explored factors that inform collaboration between actors, challenges to the Initiative, and ranchers’ attitudes towards bison reintroduction. Investigating and understanding these elements supports the active efforts of the Iinnii Initiative, offers lessons from which other conservation practitioners can learn, and may also assist in facilitating dialogue between various settler and Indigenous individuals and groups. Such dialogues can enhance relationships with ranchers to mitigate challenges of reintroducing bison, foster reconciliation among different social groups, and reinforce the Iinnii Initiative as a positive model for collaborative conservation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCanadian Conservation in a Global Context (SSHRC, Robin Roth, University of Guelph)
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Geographic Society
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/14098
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectIndigenous-led conservationen_US
dc.subjectbison reintroductionen_US
dc.subjectcollaborative conservation governanceen_US
dc.subjectpolitical ecologyen_US
dc.subjectdecolonizationen_US
dc.subjectreconciliationen_US
dc.subjectdecolonizing methodologyen_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot Confederacyen_US
dc.titleCollaborative Conservation: Reconnecting People, Land, and Bison through the Iinnii Initiativeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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