Development of a Strategy to Engage Inuvialuit Youth in Oceans Stewardship

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, youth, stewardship, student participation, integrated resource management

Principal Investigator: Schlag, Michelle (2)
Licence Number: 13384
Organization: University of Manitoba
Licenced Year(s): 2003 2002
Issued: Oct 10, 2002
Project Team: Self

Objective(s): Inuvialuit elders and the Fisheries Joint Management Committee are concerned regarding the lack of necessary skills being acquired by youth to take leadership roles in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region communities; however, to date no formal youth vision for the ISR has been developed. The Beaufort Sea Integrated Management Planning Initiative Working Group is seeking ways to engage youth in the management of marine resources. The purpose of this research is to develop a youth strategy that will foster increased Inuvialuit youth interest and participation in oceans stewardship activities in the ISR. The specific research objectives are; 1) to assess the trends related to the level of Inuvialuit youth participation in oceans stewardship activities; 2) evaluate reasons for the trends of participation in oceans stewardship activities; 3) identify components of a successful Inuvialuit youth oceans stewardship strategy; 4) examine youth programs outside the ISR related to environmental stewardship to identify principles and techniques to encourage youth involvement; and 5) make recommendations for a strategy to increase Inuvialuit youth participation in ocean stewardship activities in the ISR.