Deva-Lynn Pokiak and Sonja Ostertag

Deva-Lynn Pokiak is a harvester and community-based environmental monitor from Tuktoyaktuk.  Deva-Lynn will speak about the traditional knowledge passed down to her from her father. She wil speak about her experience as a harvester and the importance of bringing together traditional knowledge and western science to monitor and harvest local animals.

Dr. Sonja Ostertag is a CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She has fifteen years of community-based research experience in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), Northwest Territories. Sonja’s research interests are at the intersection of human and ecosystem health. She is currently co-leading research in the ISR that celebrates the benefits of locally harvested foods (i.e., country foods) and responds to community questions about the safety and quality of store-bought and country foods.