Current research and/or projects
Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is protected and conserved through the use of Aboriginal knowledge and science.
- Conduct research using both Aboriginal knowledge and wildlife science on species under federal jurisdiction (migratory birds, polar bear, species at risk) to address Environment Canada’s wildlife conservation priorities, particularly in Arctic and northern Canada
- Support the development and application of research practices ensuring that Aboriginal community perspectives are effectively linked to scientific research activities within the Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate (WLSD)
- Provide policy and program advice to foster effective linkages of Aboriginal traditional knowledge with scientific approaches to wildlife research
- Contribute to northern environmental impact assessments involving Aboriginal communities
Professional activities / interests
Ecological anthropology; science and technology studies (STS); indigenous knowledge; participatory wildlife management; community-based environmental monitoring; environmental impact assessment; citizen science; Aboriginal consultation and engagement; participatory research methods.
Conduct and supervise research in collaboration with universities and Aboriginal communities
Contribute to capacity-building in Aboriginal communities in support of Environment Canada’s wildlife protection and conservation mandate
Member, International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)
Education and awards
D.Phil. Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (UK), 2012
M.Sc. Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford (UK), 2007
SSHRC and FQRSC Doctoral Scholarships, Rhodes Scholarship
Henri, D. and H.G. Gilchrist. (In prep.) Using Inuit traditional knowledge to help understand avian cholera among common eiders in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Arctic.
Déturche, F. and Henri, D. 2015. Using Aboriginal traditional knowledge in environmental impact assessment: benefits and challenges. Le Point: Natural Resources. (In press.)
WSP Inc. 2014. The co-application of northern Aboriginal traditional knowledge and science within Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Branch. Henri, D., Beaumier, M. and Burelle, M.-A (authors). Unpublished internal report, Environment Canada.
Henri, D. 2012. Managing nature, producing cultures: Inuit participation, science and policy in wildlife governance in the Nunavut Territory. Doctoral thesis. University of Oxford, Oxford.
Henri, D., H.G. Gilchrist and E. Peacock. 2010. Understanding and managing wildlife in Hudson Bay under a changing climate: recent contributions from Cree and Inuit ecological knowledge. In: Ferguson, S., M. Mallory and L. Loseto (eds.). A little less Arctic: top predators in the world’s largest northern inland sea, Hudson Bay. London: Springer, pp. 267-289.
Henri, D. 2010. Combining aboriginal traditional knowledge and western science for polar bear research and management in Canada: a critical review. Unpublished internal report, Environment Canada and ArcticNet.
Henri, D. 2007. The integration of Inuit traditional knowledge and western science in wildlife management in the Nunavut Territory, Canada. Master’s thesis. University of Oxford, Oxford.