New strategic plan aims to strengthen Indigenous research and training in Canada

Reconciling Indigenous science with Western science is crucial now more than ever. For too long, Indigenous People, culture and knowledge has been disregarded. Indigenous Peoples have not had equitable educational, funding and leadership opportunities, nor adequate representation in academia, research, government and funding institutions. However, both Western and Indigenous approaches can greatly complement one another and contribute to modern science. As part of Canada’s efforts to address reconciliation, the federal research granting agencies have released…

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International Mountain Day sparks worldwide celebrations highlighting the importance of mountains

On December 11th, 2019, the world paid special attention to mountain peoples and places for International Mountain Day (IMD). Government officials, researchers, mountaineers, environmentalists, mountain communities and students gathered with the objective of making mountain issues prominent for decision-makers. Since 2003, the United Nations has designated December 11th as “International Mountain Day” to call attention to the world about the importance of mountains to life. IMD 2019 was celebrated in over 27 countries with conferences, talks,…

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New study reveals need for immediate action to protect Earth’s “water towers”

Mountains are called the “water towers of the world” because they supply water to almost two billion around the world, or a quarter of the human population. Much of this water is available in the form of streams, lakes, snowpacks, ice and glaciers, which are highly vulnerable to climate change, as well as population growth and poor management. Mountain glaciers, ice and snowpacks around the world are melting due to climate change. At first, this…

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CMN releases 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan to advance mountain research in Canada

Mountains make up one-quarter of Canada’s land-mass and provide important resources and benefits to Canadians, such as freshwater, natural resources, energy, shelter, recreation, and a cultural and spiritual connection. As our population continues to grow, mountain ecosystems face unprecedented threats to their sustainability, including climate change impacts, biodiversity loss and lack of water. The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) has released their 2019-2022 Strategic Plan to support the resilience and health of mountain peoples and places…

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Canadian Mountain Podcast – International Mountain Day 2019 Special Edition

Our special edition podcast for UN International Mountain Day 2019 (December 11th) brings you a panel of experts discussing the impacts of climate change on mountain ecosystems and communities. Canadian Mountain Network trainee and Mount Royal University journalism student Blaise Kemna recorded this engaging event held on November 4, 2019 at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB. The discussion features the perspectives of mountain researchers and guides who have contributed to The Alpine Club of…

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CMN student attends the High Mountain Summit in Geneva

By Erin Nicholls Thanks to the generous funding of the Canadian Mountain Network, I recently had the very rare opportunity to attend the High Mountain Summit in Geneva, Switzerland from October 29th-31st. The Summit is hosted by the WMO and designed to foster high-level dialogue, engage decision-makers and develop a roadmap to science-based user-driven knowledge and information systems. As a young PhD candidate studying Canada’s northwestern mountains, I am constantly surrounded by like-minded scientists, who…

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CMN HQP attend the Canadian Parks Conference

 By Stephanie Pawluk and Bronwyn Wydeman On the second week of October, we had the incredible opportunity of attending the Canadian Parks Conference in Quebec City. The theme of the conference was ‘Parks for all and all for parks’. We are Master’s students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) studying Community Planning, with specializations in park planning. We are working on the “The View from 2117” project with the Canadian Mountain Network. We attended a pre-conference…

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New infographic on Canada’s mountain systems

Learn more about some of Canada’s mountain systems through our new infographic below to get ready for International Mountain Day (IMD)! Visit the IMD section of our website to learn more and to organize and participate in an event in your community. (Click on image to view or download) The post New infographic on Canada’s mountain systems appeared first on Canadian Mountain Network.

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Mountain and Resort Town Planners Summit

By Eleni Gibson Lake Tahoe, October 16-19 2019 From October 16 to 19, I had the chance to attend the Mountain and Resort Town Planners Summit in Lake Tahoe, USA. For me, a student who has yet to land their first mountain town planning job, the event was a crash course in the unique and pressing issues faced by resort and mountain towns. For the other attendees (which included both planners and elected officials from…

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New IPPC report highlights urgent need to address climate change impacts on oceans and cryosphere, including high mountain regions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released their Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) highlighting the urgency to act in a timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address the severe impacts of climate change on oceans and the cryosphere, the frozen part of the planet. More than 100 experts from 36 countries contributed to the report, which drew on the results of about 7,000 scientific studies. All…

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