May 21, 2014
CEMA Awards Traditional Knowledge Framework
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) has awarded a $404,200.00 two-year contract to The Firelight Group to complete the third and final phase of the Traditional Knowledge Framework project.
The Traditional Knowledge Framework will help guide the meaningful and successful inclusion of traditional knowledge into policy development, land use planning, monitoring initiatives, and regulatory requirements. The Framework will be developed over the next two years through a series of meetings among CEMA members, Aboriginal organizations, non-profit associations, industry and government.
“CEMA and its First Nations and Métis members have been crystal clear about the importance of strong community engagement and participation in developing the Traditional Knowledge Framework” said Dr. Craig Candler of The Firelight Group “and we look forward to supporting this important project and working with everyone involved.”
“For several years the CEMA Aboriginal Caucus has been advocating for a Traditional Knowledge Framework.” stated Glen Semenchuk, CEMA Executive Director. “Working with the Firelight Group will help us to complete the important final stage”
The Firelight Group has extensive experience providing community-based research and technical support services in Canada and beyond. Their work focuses on environmental assessment, community-based research, policy development and analysis, and integration of community knowledge and environmental science.
CEMA is a multi-stakeholder society that is a key advisor to Government and is committed to respectful, inclusive dialogue in the development of recommendations to manage the cumulative environmental effects of regional development on air, land, water and biodiversity within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
For more information please visit www.cemaonline.ca