AINA Logo
Publications

 

The ASTIS database cites the following 8 publication(s) by Karim-Aly Kassam. Publications are listed from newest to oldest. Please tell us about publications that are not yet cited in ASTIS.


Biocultural diversity and indigenous ways of knowing : human ecology in the Arctic   /   Kassam, K.-A.S.
Calgary, Alta. : University of Calgary Press : Arctic Institute of North America, 2009.
xiii, 270 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
(Northern lights series (Calgary, Alta.), 12)
ISBN 978-1-55238-253-0
References.
One folded map in back pocket.
ASTIS record 68795.
Languages: English
Libraries: ACU

At the dawn of the third millennium, dramatic challenges face human civilization everywhere. Relations between human beings and their environment are in peril, with mounting threats to both biological diversity of life on earth and cultural diversity of human communities. The peoples of the Circumpolar Arctic are at the forefront of these challenges and lead the way in seeking meaningful responses. In "Biocultural Diversity and Indigenous Ways of Knowing", author Karim-Aly Kassam positions the Arctic and sub-Arctic as a homeland rather than simply a frontier for resource exploitation. Kassam aims to empirically and theoretically illustrate the synthesis between the cultural and biological, using human ecology as a conceptual and analytical lens. Drawing on research carried out in partnership with indigenous northern communities, three case studies illustrate that subsistence hunting and gathering are not relics of an earlier era, but rather remain essential to both cultural diversity and to human survival. This book deals with contemporary issues such as climate change, indigenous knowledge, and the impact of natural resource extraction. It is a narrative of community-based research, in the service of the communities for the benefit of the communities. It provides resource-based industry, policy makers, and students with an alternative way of engaging indigenous communities and transforming our perspective on conservation of ecological and cultural diversity. (Au)

T, R, N, I, H, J, E, G, A, S
Birds; Climate change; Culture (Anthropology); Ecology; Edible plants; Environmental impacts; Epistemology; Fishes; Food; Formation; Human ecology; Hunting; Ice leads; Inuit; Inuit languages; Mammals; Mapping; Maps; Marine mammals; Native land claims; Ocean currents; Participatory action research; Pressure ridges; Public participation; Sea ice; Sea ice ecology; Seasonal variations; Social change; Social interaction; Social surveys; Subsistence; Traditional knowledge; Traditional land use and occupancy; Winds

G02, G0812, G06, G04
Arctic regions; Chukchi Sea; Ulukhaktok, N.W.T.; Wainwright, Alaska


Passing on the knowledge : mapping human ecology in Wainwright, Alaska   /   Kassam, K.-A.S.   Wainwright Traditional Council
Calgary, Alta. : Arctic Institute of North America, 2001.
xiii, 82 p., [5] leaves of plates : ill., folded col. maps ; 28 cm + 1 folded col. map.
ISBN 1-894788-00-1
Glossary in Inupiaq.
One folded coloured map in back pocket.
References.
ASTIS record 50228.
Languages: English and Inupiaq
Libraries: ACU

This is the Wainwright Community Report for Phase 1 of the Human and Chemical Ecology of Arctic Pathways by Marine Pollutants Project. ... The objectives of this report are to: Communicate human ecology research results to the Traditional Council and the community of Wainwright; Share the results and follow up with the 50 members of the community of Wainwright who participated in the research process; Inform policy-makers of the intricate ecological relationship between the people of Wainwright and the animal and plant wildlife that surrounds them; Inform chemical ecology research, Phase 2 of the project; and Document human ecology data for educational use by the community of Wainwright and the Research Team. This report explains the human ecology portion of the project and provides a consolidated analysis of the research work undertaken in July and August 1999. The consolidated analysis, based on interviews, will describe harvesting and use of various species of (1) marine mammals, (2) terrestrial mammals, (3) fish, (4) birds, and (5) plants by members of the community of Wainwright. Traditional land and marine use maps for each of the five categories noted above complement this information. ... (Au)

T, I, H, J, S
Animal distribution; Birds; Customs; Edible plants; Elders; Ethnobotany; Fishes; Food; Food preparation; Human ecology; Inuit; Land use; Mammals; Maps; Marine mammals; Marine pollution; Natural resources; Participatory action research; Plants (Biology); Traditional knowledge

G06
Alaska, Northern; Chukchi Sea; Wainwright, Alaska


Gender, forests and indigenous peoples : a selected bibliography : women's empowerment through forestry : the role of indigenous women in forestry development programmes   /   Kassam, K.-A.S.   Indira, R.
[S.l.] : Published by CIDA-Shastri Partnership Project ; Saskatoon, Sask. : Printed and bound by Houghton Boston Printers, 2001.
75 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN 0-9689282-0-X
ASTIS record 50227.
Languages: English
Libraries: ACU

This is a selected bibliography of the concepts used in the CIDA Shastri Women's Empowerment Project carried out in Canada and India. The Project examined the changing gender roles of indigenous women in forest dwelling communities. This selected bibliography is one of the outcomes of our research work. The bibliography is intended for practitioners in governmental and non-governmental organizations, researchers and students. We have noted that many individuals do not have easy access to libraries and databases. Yet they need to be conversant with information on gender issues related to indigenous forest communities. Therefore, this bibliography is intended to fill this need. ... (Au)

T, N, R, H, S, K, J
Bibliographies; Economic conditions; Forests; Gender differences; Human ecology; Native peoples; Natural resource management; Political action; Quality of life; Research; Self-determination; Social conditions; Social conditions; Social interaction; Subsistence; Women

G08
Canada; India


So that our voices are heard : forest use and changing gender roles of Dene women in Hay River, Northwest Territories   /   Kassam, K.-A.S.   Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre
[S.l.] : Published by CIDA-Shastri Partnership Project ; Saskatoon, Sask. : Printed and bound by Houghton Boston Printers, 2001.
xiii, 74 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 27 cm + 1 folded col. map in back pocket.
ISBN 0-9689282-1-8
References.
ASTIS record 50164.
Languages: English
Libraries: ACU

So That Our Voices Are Heard is a narrative about the research project on the empowerment of Dene women carried out in the community of Hay River, Northwest Territories, in 1999 and 2000. The most concise way to describe the intent of this publication is to recount how its title emerged. A meeting was held in Hay River on August 10, 2000, to validate the research results. One participant, when asked how we should disseminate the results, explained why we needed to publish them in a clear and readable manner: "We should publish so that our voices are heard!" ... More specifcally, the publication has these aims: First and foremost, to fulfill a commitment made to the forty women interviewed to return their collective knoweldge and ideas to them in a manner that dignifies their contribution to our research; Second, to use the voices of these women to influence community leaders and decision makers; Finally, to document the women's changing gender roles, their use of the forest, and their current needs. This document is a tribute to the women who were interviewed and a testament to their own continued efforts toward self-empowerment. The first section provides the context of the Women's Empowerment Reearch in the boreal forest community of Hay River, Northwest Territories. After describing the project, it explains the research objectives, methodology, and concepts and narrates the research steps. The second and third sections encompass the research results with regard to the gender roles of women and their use of the "bush" - the land, plants, animals, and rivers. The final section discusses the results andn the women's priorities for action. (Au)

T, N, R, H, S, K, J
Animals; Berries; Birds; Culture (Anthropology); Customs; Dene Indians; Ethnobotany; Fishes; Fishing; Forests; Gardening; Gender differences; Health care; Human ecology; Hunting; Land use; Participatory action research; Plants (Biology); Political action; Research; Self-determination; Social change; Social conditions; Subsistence; Traditional knowledge; Traditional land use and occupancy; Trapping; Trees; Women

G0812
Great Slave Lake region, N.W.T.; Great Slave Lake, N.W.T.; Hay River (Town), N.W.T.; Hay River region, Alberta/British Columbia/N.W.T.; Hay River, Alberta/British Columbia/N.W.T.; India; Mackenzie River region, N.W.T.; Mackenzie River, N.W.T.


Sami potatoes : living with reindeer and Perestroika   /   Robinson, M.P.   Kassam, K.-A.S.   Rantala, L. [Editor]
Calgary, Alta. : Bayeux Arts, Inc., 1998.
viii, 120 p. : ill. (mostly col.), 2 col. maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN 1-896209-11-4
References.
ASTIS record 43865.
Languages: English
Libraries: ACU XQKNRC

... The Russian Sami, whose present-day struggle for cultural survival and land-use reform in the Kola Peninsula is the essence of this book, are the easternmost members of the Sami people, whose homelands also span the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Since the collapse of the Soviet state in the late 1980s, they have been blessed with the freedom to travel and meet with their Fennoscandian Sami neighbours, but cursed with the progressive dismantling and decay of state-supplied health care, pensions, farm employment, housing, and virtually all other forms of support from the old Soviet system. In the new era of openness and free enterprise, the Sami have been left to scramble for food, shelter, and their very dignity in an environmental landscape checkered with aging mines and smelters; atomic power stations; missile, submarine, and surface fleet bases; and three reported atomic waste storehouses. They are also faced with daily poaching of their remaining reindeer herds as the majority Russian population of their homeland also comes to grips with the pain of economic transition. The authors of this book have travelled to the Sami villages of the Kola, journeyed to the tundra, and worked collegially with a team of dedicated Sami community researchers to create a new basis for land-use reform and protective stewardship of the 60,000 reindeer that remain in nine brigade units organized under the Stalinist regime. A set of land-use and occupancy maps has been prepared in this process, for the first time in the Kola Peninsula. These maps show just how well the Sami know and use their land. The maps and the indigenous environmental knowledge that they contain provided the foundation for a new Murmansk County system of development project review and approval, based on the practical Canadian example of resource co-management. In essence, co-management is a process that enables scientists and indigenous experts to combine their knowledge and wisdom to take decisions about resource allocation and use. At its core, it enshrines the principle of the democratic intellect, the idea that both specialist and lay experts must combine their talents to take decisions for society and the common good. ... (Au)

T, R, I, H, N
Acculturation; Animal distribution; Animals; Berries; Birds; Co-management; Economic conditions; Ethnobotany; Fishes; Geographical names; Land use; Mapping; Native peoples; Reindeer husbandry; Saami; Sacred sites; Self-determination; Social change; Social conditions; Traditional knowledge; Traditional land use and occupancy

G14, G08
Canada; Kol'skiy Poluostrov, Russian Federation


Theme schools : from manifesto to paradigm for undergraduate students   /   Norton, D.W.   Kassam, K.-A.S.
(Arctic, v. 50, no. 1, Mar. 1997, p. 87-94, ill.)
References.
ASTIS record 39924.
Languages: English
Web: http://pubs.aina.ucalgary.ca/arctic/Arctic50-1-87.pdf
Web: doi:10.14430/arctic1092
Libraries: ACU

In sciences, when anomalies or discrepant observations generate a crisis, so that the old way of looking at things no longer suffices to explain or predict observable events, scientists construct a new paradigm (Kuhn, 1996). Despite vast differences in our backgrounds and in the attributes of our widely separated home institutions, we have arrived at strikingly similar perceptions of the need to fashion a new paradigm within undergraduate education. By aligning the anomalies and assembling experiences from several correlative efforts within the old paradigm, we have begun to distill some tenets of a coherent rationale for student-centred learning, built around the concepts inherent in a "theme school." These tenets are especially relevant to small, widely dispersed northern communities. Much of the following discussion originates in our shared disappointments with the effectiveness of education by the traditional Euro-American undergraduate paradigm when applied to northern environments and rural communities. Nevertheless, we are not institution-bashing: we owe much, after all, to the institutions that provided us with a point of departure for exploring alternatives and supplements. (Au)

R, T
Arctic Institute of North America; Curricula; Higher education; Intercultural education; Native peoples

G06, G08
Alaska; Canada


Breaking the barriers : a background paper for the Sahtu Education Symposium, Norman Wells, NWT, March 1-3, 1994   /   Kassam, K.-A.S.
Calgary, Alta. : Arctic Institute of North America, 1994.
ca. 100 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Appendices.
References.
ASTIS record 35064.
Languages: English
Libraries: ACU

The need for the Sahtu Education Symposium arose out of the "Norman Wells, The Next 20 Years: An Industry Aboriginal Partnership" Conference held in May 1993. From this Conference it was obvious that if such a partnership is to flourish then the dropout rate among Native students had to be significantly reduced if not completely eliminated. It also was recognized that education, when designed to meet the needs of the communities, is an agent for growth and development. Therefore, community participation in education is a major aim of this Symposium. The objective of the round-table discussions in the Education Symposium, is to come up with concrete and effective strategies identified by members of the Sahtu communities to deal with the challenge of reducing the dropout rate. Four key issues have been identified for round-table discussions. These are: community participation in education, gearing education to meet the living needs of students, training for jobs, and enhancing parental involvement in education. The purpose of this background paper is (1) to briefly describe the key components of each of the four issues for the round-table; and (2) to provide examples of approaches taken by other communities to respond to similar challenges. The goal is to stimulate thoughtful discussion amongst participants. Although the four issues are distinctly identified, they are also highly inter-connected. ... A fifth topic for discussion at the youth round-table is: Reducing the Dropout Rate. This topic has been chosen for the youth round-table because the dropout rate is the main reason for the Educational Symposium. Furthermore, it will enable the youth to address a broad range of issues that are of concern to them. ... (Au)

T, R
Education; North Slavey Indians; Occupational training; Public participation; Self-determination; Youth

G0812
Norman Wells, N.W.T.


The Blood economic development strategic plan and road map, November 16-18, 1994, Calgary, Alberta   /   Robinson, M.P.   Kassam, K.-A.S.
Calgary, Alta. : Arctic Institute of North America, 1994.
15 leaves ; 28 cm.
ASTIS record 35060.
Languages: English
Libraries: ACU

From November 16th to the 18th, 1994 the Blood Tribe held a strategic planning session in Calgary, Alberta to develop a road map for economic development of the Blood People. The three-day workshop was attended by Chief and Council as well as coordinators, directors and staff of various departments. This is a summary report of the road map that was developed during the strategic planning session. Approximately 20 tribal leaders and staff participated. ... The strategic planning process utilized the roundtable method which values contributions by all participants equally, irrespective of age or status. ... By having the Tribal Council and staff participate in the preparation of the road map, the Economic Development Department achieved: political and staff ownership of the plan of action, efficiency in terms outlining the path of decision making by designating persons responsible for implementing strategies, capacity building amongst staff members through participation in important decision-making, and consciousness raising and information sharing for economic development. ... (Au)

T, R, S
Aboriginal rights; Blood Indians; Businesses; Economic conditions; Economic development; Economic feasibility; Indian reserves; Self-determination

G0822
Belly River region, Alberta; St. Mary River region, Alberta


Arctic Institute of North America. Records from this database may be used freely for research and educational purposes, but may not be used to create databases or publications for distribution outside your own organization without prior permission from ASTIS.