February 2, 2021 Events

Exploring Ways to Bring Together Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems for Coastal & Ocean Observing

About this Event

You are Invited to CIOOS Atlantic’s Three-Part Discussion Series

Exploring Ways to Bring Together Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems for Coastal & Ocean Observing

CIOOS is a national, online data platform that supports coastal and ocean stewardship, economic innovation, and marine safety and navigation by providing access to high quality coastal and ocean information and data. Three Regional Associations located in the Pacific, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Atlantic are working together to increase discovery and access to coastal and ocean data and information.

The Atlantic Regional Association of the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System or CIOOS Atlantic is committed to engaging meaningfully and respectfully with Indigenous Peoples and organizations in the development of this system.

CIOOS Atlantic is hosting a three-part Discussion Series to learn where our goals may align with Indigenous organizations and how we could collaborate to advance our shared ocean observing goals. This Series will bring together individuals who are stewards of Indigenous data and work with coastal and ocean observations to strengthen existing networks, create new connections, and discuss opportunities for collaboratively developing approaches to exchange coastal and ocean data and information.

We will strive to create a space for these discussions where people with different Knowledge Systems feel comfortable sharing and discussing openly with one another. As part of our commitment to educating ourselves, CIOOS Atlantic has produced a Literature Review, summary and presentation that look at case studies where Indigenous knowledge was digitized, what factors enabled successful outcomes, and the inherent risks and limitations involved in the digitization of Indigenous knowledge. These documents can be accessed here: https://cioosatlantic.ca/resources/

Discussion 2. Digitizing Indigenous Knowledge: Rights and Data Sharing

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 / Time: 1:00-3:00 PM (AST)

Guest speakers will discuss the legal, ethical and value considerations that surround digitizing and sharing Indigenous knowledge and data. Guest speakers will share their own experiences with initiatives that have digitized Indigenous Knowledge and the approaches used to maintain Indigenous ownership and control.

Guest speakers include:

  • Stephanie Russo Carroll, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Public Health and Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
  • Christine McCrae, Executive Director, Native Land Digital (Native-Land.ca)
  • Joel Heath, Executive Director, Arctic Eider Society (arcticeider.com; siku.org)

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Blue Innovation Symposium

The Blue Innovation Symposium is the premier event in New England for connecting the marine technology industry for education, networking and facilitating partnering opportunities. The conference brings together a broad spectrum of representatives of the marine technology industry from the US and beyond. Each year, the program has welcomed more than 270 attendees and nearly 40 sponsors for the three-day event, which included keynote addresses, panel discussions and a unique series of five-minute flash talks.

This year, because of COVID 19, we are holding 2 separate Blue Innovation Symposium programs. The first event, will be a fully virtual program and held from 2-4PM on February 2, 2021. The second event, will have a blended format, meeting both virtually and face-to-face, and be held as soon as circumstances allow, in late Spring or early summer.

Highlights from the 2020 Blue Innovation Symposium included a surprise announcement from Stefan Pryor, RI Secretary of Commerce who revealed that Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, in partnership with offshore wind developer Ørsted, would open its US Innovation Hub in Providence, RI. We also presented our inaugural Rising Tide Awards to Dr. Jim Bellingham, director of the Center for Marine Robotics (CMR) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Boston Engineering of Waltham, Massachusetts and GeoSpectrum Technologies of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, all in recognition of their contributions to the industry.

The Blue Innovation Symposium is organized by the Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN), the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, and TSC Strategic.

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