At the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), we value and foster relationships with partner organizations and communities. Our dedication to problem-oriented and engaged scholarship provides our students with an environment that stimulates discovery and allows them to apply sustainability principles by working directly with communities in ways that truly make a difference.
SENS is undertaking research with community members at Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation that can help the community address a range of issues related to environment and sustainability. To date, these include:
• Source water protection
• Flood assessment
• Clean drinking water
• Emergency planning
• Readiness for climate hazards
• Planning for climate change
• Learning how to bring traditional knowledge and cultural values into land and resource decision-making
• Building a safe and accessible repository for traditional and local knowledge
• Understanding the value of partnerships with other municipalities and organizations like Prince Albert Model Forest
• Assessing the value of programs such as Junior Resource Rangers
We were very fortunate to have Mr. Conrad Alfred Gamble from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation as an Indigenous Mentor with our school from 2016 to spring 2017. Mr. Gamble has been working with faculty and students at SENS since 2015, sharing his considerable knowledge of environment and sustainability issues at his First Nation, and helping us develop research that will benefit his community.
The Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (RLBR) is located in central Saskatchewan and is one of a handful of reserves in Canada designated by UNESCO as an area with worldwide ecological significance. Biosphere reserves address the challenging issues of how to maintain the health of natural systems while meeting the needs of communities and are learning places for testing and demonstrating integrated management and protection of land, water and biodiversity.
In April 2012, SENS and RLBR signed a Memorandum of Understanding which allows our school and the biosphere reserve to expand the scope of research and education projects relating to the environment and sustainability sectors. This memorandum formalised an already established partnership between our organizations. SENS students and faculty have been conducting research at the reserve for the past few years, and one course (ENVS 801) holds a field trip there annually.
A key feature of the MOU is the continued offering of the field trip to RLBR for three days of hands-on training on field research methods in different ecosystems like rivers, wetlands and grasslands. Students also talk to local farmers, ranchers and other community representatives about their concerns and ideas on how to preserve this land for future generations and – at the same time – make a living in today’s economic challenges.
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SENS and Mistawasis Nêhiyawak have a partnership that includes completing mutual research projects as well as exchanging and sharing research results and offering and implementing field trips for students on a regular basis. Mr. Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston is the Indigenous Mentor with SENS and works regularly with faculty and students on projects and research that collectively advance sustainability and reconciliation. Mistawasis Nêhiyawak is also a partner in our UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal, fostering relationships that support Indigenous self-determination and protect biological and cultural heritage.
Learn more about our partnership here.
SENS has been working with the Northern Village of Cumberland House on delta research activities and fostering a mutually-beneficial and respectful relationship since 2011. Projects include the Delta Dialogue Network, Becoming Water, Delta Days, E.B. Campbell Dam research and the Delta Days Travelling Art Exhibit.
The Master of Water Security field course spends time at the Hannin Creek Education Facility near Candle Lake, SK, which is a camp run by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Students learn a variety of field techniques including stream and groundwater monitoring and hydro-meteorological observations.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture in the Classroom Sask (School Garden Programs)
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure
Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Society
Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation
Canada North Environmental Services
Charlebois Community School
Child Hunger and Education Program - CHEP
Child Hunger and Education Program - CHEP
City of Saskatoon, Environmental Advisory Committee
City of Saskatoon, Environmental Services
City of Saskatoon, Planning & Deevelopment
City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization
Craik Sustainable Living Project
CUPE Environment Committee
Earth Keepers Program
Environment Canada, Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre
Food Secure Saskatchewan
Global Institute of Food Security UofS
Global Water Security Agency UofS
Golder Associates Ltd.
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon
Keewatin Community Development Association Inc.
Lakeland District (R.M. No. 521)
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation
Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve
Meewasin Valley Authority
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development - BC
Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan
Nature Conservancy of Canada Regina
Nature Conservancy of Canada Saskatchewan
North American Food Systems Network
North Saskatchewan River Basin Council
Prince Albert Grand Council
Prince Albert Model Forest
Prince Albert National Park
Public Pastures-Public Interest
Public Pastures—Public Interest
Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve
Rock Paper Sun Ltd
Saskatchewan Eco Network
Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association
Saskatchewan Environmental Society
Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Technical Resources Branch
Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association
Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan
Saskatchewan Research Council
Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre
Saskatoon Horticultural Society
Saskatoon Nature Society
Saskatoon Public Schools
SaskPower, Sustainability Office
SOS Elms Coalition Inc.
South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards
The Wildfire Prevention Working Group
University of Saskatchewan, Corporate Administration
University of Saskatchewan, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness
University of Saskatchewan, Office of Sustainability
University of Saskatchewan, Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education
University of Saskatchewan, Sustainability Education Research Institute
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Wapusk National Park
Wild About Saskatoon
Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Gwich'in Council International
Gwich'in Tribal Council
Luleå University of Technology
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and its Group of Companies
University of Alaska Fairbanks/Alaska Centre for Energy and Power
University of Tromso, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
The University of Winnipeg
York Factory First Nation
Contact SENS if you have questions or are interested in creating a partnership with us.