Director of the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board
Amy is a Nihtat (Inuvik, Northwest Territories (NT)) Participant of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA). She is also a Status Indian registered under the Inuvik Native Band. Her mother is Gwich’in and her father is Scottish. Amy was born in Inuvik, NT and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her dad. She had an amazing upbringing, but always had a strong urge to reconnect with the north.
In Halifax, Amy completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University (2004) and researched shellfish for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (2000-2005). In January 2006, she moved back to Inuvik to work as a Biologist for the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB), the co-management board responsible for wildlife, fish and forest management in the Gwich’in Settlement Area. In March 2009, she accepted the position of Executive Director with the GRRB. She supervises 5-7 staff and implements Section 12 and 13 of the GCLCA.
Research Priority Process in the Gwich’in Settlement Area
The Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB) is a public co-management board established under the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1992) to be the main instrument for wildlife, fish and forest management in the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA). This presentation will describe the processes in place in our region for identifying research priorities. It will also offer my personal advice on best practices for researchers wishing to conduct research in this area.