Weaving Indigenous knowledge into the North American Model

For many wildlife biologists in the United States and Canada, the approach to wildlife management is embodied by the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation—a concept that wildlife is held in trust for the public to use and enjoy. It’s a concept that grew from conservationists witnessing the impact of market hunting after European colonization. For some scientists, though, the model could be improved by better weaving in millennia of Indigenous knowledge that preceded the settlers’ arrival. In a new perspective piece in the journal FACETS, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists argue that wildlife agencies and biologists would benefit from a wider approach that can better coexist with widely held perspectives from Indigenous communities. The authors developed what they consider a more inclusive approach to wildlife management they call “Indigenizing the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.” They believe the approach could reduce conflicts over land use and management that have arisen in recent decades, including hunting rights and conservation decision making. This graphic showing overlaps and revisions to the Indigenizing the North American Model. Credit: Hessami et al. 2021 “We really made the [North American Model] more holistic,” said TWS member Mateen Hessami, a master’s student studying … Continue reading Weaving Indigenous knowledge into the North American Model