The FNECO.net platform is being designed to publicly disseminate information about Ecosystem Management and Stewardship (EMS) programs, and to provide knowledge on planning and enacting these programs for aspiring First Nations practitioners. This knowledge is made accessible, is drawn from empirical research that is peer-reviewed by leading experts on EMS, and made appropriate for Indigenous communities through insight from leading Indigenous educators. The FNECO.net also has value for consultants, policymakers and members of government, who may lack awareness of best practices when working with First Nations, and through whom we could increase public support for EMS programs as a climate change solution that can be implemented at a local, regional and national levels.
The FNECO.NET is a one-stop resource that guides communities all the way from the initial step of generating ideas to the actual implementation of a project. To do so, the platform is organized around the three following components:
Webinar Series: Easy to digest series of 10min webinars presented by experts, covering everything from the basics of EMS, to showcasing real-life examples of it, to helping participants design their own project.
Content Library: Offering participants the opportunity to learn at their convenience with carefully selected material available through videos, journal articles, podcasts, policy brief, etc.
Mentorship Program: A mentor bank and online series of Q&As, with direct access to leading specialists and communities implementing EMS programs to seek advice and build strong networks.
Context & Purpose
Indigenous Peoples unfairly bear the burdensome effects of climate change, including increased risk of wildfires, changes in species migration and extreme weather patterns. One mechanism to support adaptation, which has been identified in our community workshops and more broadly in empirical work, is the use of ecosystem management and stewardship (EMS) programs. These programs build the human capital within Indigenous communities to restore and protect ecosystems, and have been proven to generate positive conservation, health and economic outcomes for Indigenous Peoples. GVS is learning from these outcomes and is currently developing EMS programs with five First Nations communities in two pilot regions; Clayoquot Sound and Chilcotin, BC. ,
Despite demonstrated interest from First Nations elsewhere in Canada, take-up has been limited by a number of factors. Key amongst these are limited public awareness, communication gap between scholars and stewards, and complexity in the design and implementation of these programs. The FNECO.NET, an online knowledge-sharing platform for First Nations across Canada, aims to address these obstacles. The objective is to leverage learned best practices, implement EMS programs, and build resilient ecosystems and communities.
Developing this online knowledge-sharing center is an adaptive process. To create state of the art pedagogical tools, GVS is receiving support and guidance from leading specialists on EMS and First Nation Issues. This includes Dr. Richard ‘Umeek’ Atleo, a preeminent expert on Aboriginal education, and Ass. Prof. Harry Nelson (UBC), a leading thinker on forest policy and market-based instruments.
FNECO.NET is under construction. Nonetheless, you can request a visitor password at email@example.com
PHASE 1: Design an online platform and develop content (2018)
A user-friendly website to host the knowledge-sharing center was created. The first five episodes of the Webinar Series are in production, and will cover the theoretical segment of the curriculum. The content library is being built progressively to respond to the learning outcomes of each webinar. Finally, an initial mentor bank will be launched this spring and new mentors will be added on a rolling basis.
PHASE 2: review FNECO.NET user experience and content (Summer 2019)
All the material will be released progressively and will be available for the public to use and provide comments. The FNECO.NET is intended to be co-managed and adaptive to respond to users' needs. Additionally, focus-groups will be run to assess the user experience, to review the relevance and the quality of the content, as well as to evaluate learning outcomes of the platform.
PHASE 3: Integrate comments, and adapt the form and content (Fall 2019)
Feedback from focus-groups and users' comments will then guide the evolution of the FNECO.NET platforms. Both the form and the content will be adapted to suit users' objectives and improve learning outcomes.
Phase 4: EXPAND CONTENT & Promote the platForm (Fall 2019)
By May 2019, our goal is to have a fully functional platform tailored to the needs of our audience. At this time, visitors will have access to 10 episodes of the EMS Webinar series, 30+ reference documents to support specific learning outcomes, and access to numerous mentors via the mentorship program. FNECO.NET will be promoted via a series of workshops as well as our partners' networks. Finally, GVS will perform web analytics to measure website traffic and improve overall effectiveness of the website.