Dr. Dominique Henri

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is protected and conserved through the use of Indigenous and Western sciences and knowledge systems.

  • Conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative and participatory research that mobilize Indigenous and Western sciences and knowledge systems on culturally significant species under federal jurisdiction (migratory birds, polar bear, species at risk), particularly in Arctic and northern Canada;
  • Support the development and application of research practices ensuring that Indigenous community perspectives are effectively linked to scientific research activities within the Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate;
  • Provide policy and program advice to foster effective linkages of Indigenous knowledge systems with Western scientific approaches to wildlife research;
  • Contribute to northern environmental impact assessments involving Indigenous communities.

Professional activities / interests

Ethnobiology; ecological anthropology; science and technology studies; Indigenous knowledge systems; wildlife co-management; community--based environmental monitoring; environmental impact assessment; citizen science; community-based participatory research; Indigenous research methodologies.

Conducting and supervising research in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations, universities, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Addressing issues identified as priorities by Indigenous communities through collaborative research that emphasizes reciprocity, knowledge co-production, capacity building, science outreach and community-led initiatives.

Education and awards

D.Phil. Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, 2012

M.Sc. Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford, 2007

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, FQRSC Doctoral Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship

Key publications

Henri, D.A., Provencher, J.F., Bowles, E., Taylor, J.J., Jade, S., Chelick, C., Popp, J.N., Cooke, S.J., Rytwinski T., McGregor, D., Ford, A.T., Alexander, S.M. 2021. Weaving Indigenous knowledge systems and Western sciences in terrestrial research, monitoring and management in Canada: a protocol for a systematic map. Ecological Solutions and Evidence. In press.

Henri, D.A., Martinez-Levasseur, L.M., Jean-Gagnon, F., Weetaltuk, S., Mallory, M.L., Gilchrist, H.G. and Mallory, M., Jean-Gagnon, F. 2020. Inuit knowledge of Arctic Terns (Sterna paradisaea) and perspectives on declining abundance in southeastern Hudson Bay, Canada. PLoS ONE 15(11): e0242193.

Henri, D.A., Carter, N.A., Salliq Project Management Committee, Arviat Project Management Committee, Ljubicic, G.J., Smith, P.A. and Johnston, V.J. 2020. Qanuq ukua kanguit sunialiqpitigu? (What should we do with all of these geese?) Collaborative research to support wildlife co-management and Inuit self-determination. Arctic Science 6:173-207.

Henri, D.A., Brunet, N.D., Dort, H.E., Hambly Odame, H., Shirley, J. and Gilchrist, H.G. 2020c. What is effective research communication? Towards collaborative inquiry with Nunavut communities. Arctic 73(1):81-98.

Alexander, S.M., Provencher, J.F., Henri, D.A., Taylor, J.J., Lloren, J.I., Nanayakkara, L., Johnson, J.T. and Cooke, S.J. 2019. Bridging Indigenous and science-based knowledge in coastal and marine research, monitoring, and management in Canada: a systematic map. Environmental Evidence 8:36.

MacMillan, G.A., Falardeau, M., Girard, C., Dufour-Beauséjour, S., Lacombe-Bergeron, J., Menzies, A.K., Henri, D.A. 2019. Highlighting the potential of peer-led workshops in training early career researchers for conducting research with Indigenous communities. Facets 4:275-292.

Henri, D., Jean-Gagnon, F. and Gilchrist, H.G. 2018. Using Inuit traditional ecological knowledge for detecting and monitoring avian cholera outbreaks among common eider ducks nesting in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Ecology and Society 23(1):22.

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.