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Sustainable Oceans Conference 2014: Transforming a Sea of Knowledge into Effective Management ‑ April 11‑12th, 2014

Posted by Sobey Fund for Oceans on March 27, 2014 in News

The students of the Marine Affairs Program and Dalhousie University would like to invite you to the Sustainable Oceans Conference 2014: Transforming a Sea of Knowledge into Effective Management.

Friday April 11th, 2014 – 6 pm – Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building (Potter Auditorium) 6100 University Ave.

Documentary screening of “Seeking Netukulimk”, followed by a panel discussion.

Seeking Netukulimk: By Martha Stiegman and Kerry Prosper. Kerry Prosper is a passionate fisher and Mi'kmaq elder, who is teaching his grandchildren how to exercise their treaty rights by fishing eels. But those rights come with sacred responsibilities to care for the land and waters of Mi'kma'ki. “Seeking Netukulimk” is a lyrical exploration of the traditional laws that govern fishing in the Mi'kmaq world, and some of the political battles that have been fought to defend them.


Kerry Prosper: Present Councilor of Paq’tnekek Mi’kmaq First Nations community, research coordinator for the Paq’tnekek First Nation in the Social Research for Sustainable Fisheries project.

Sherry Pictou: Dalhousie PhD student from Bear River First Nation, and a coordinator of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples.

Dr. Fred Metallic: Works for the Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government as a senior policy analyst. Fred is a resident of Listuguj and a lifetime citizen of Gespe’gewa’gi, Mi’gma’gi.

Moderator: Dr. Claudio Aporta - Associate Professor, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University.

Saturday April 12th, 2014 - 8:30 am – Life Sciences Centre (Room 236) & Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building (Atrium), 1355 Oxford St.

Student oral and posters presentations with the following four themes will be explored: 1) Sustainability & Knowledge Systems, 2) Marine Governance, Policy & Law, 3) Communication Between/Among Stakeholders & Policy Makers, 4) Addressing Uncertainty in the Marine Environment

Interactive session featuring workshops on:

1) Exploring Knowledge through Language and Communication

2) Expressing Knowledge and Policy Concepts with a Visual Artist

It's going to be a great weekend. Hope to see you there!

Interested in giving an oral or poster presentation? Abstract submissions are still being accepted!

The conference is free but registration is required. Further information available at or contact

This conference is made possible by the Sobey Fund for Oceans (SFO), a unique partnership between Dalhousie’s Marine Affairs Program and WWF Canada. The goal of this partnership is to inspire inventive multi-disciplinary approaches for creating healthy oceans and sustainable economics through scholarships, work placements and student-led events.