An Indigenous Co-management Community of Practice

Our vibrant community of practice brings together professionals dedicated to co-management, fostering an environment of shared reflection and continuous learning. By actively participating in this collaborative network, members demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and invest valuable time in deepening their understanding of co-management principles and practices.


Jamie Snook, PhD

Educator, researcher, leader, catalyst
Jamie has been a co-management executive director for 15 years in an Inuit context, and has over 20 years working in Northern and Indigenous public policy and governance. Jamie brings a mix of relevant research, education, and professional and lived experiences to facilitating this course. Jamie created the
Co-management Commons resource and hosts a dedicated co-management podcast. He is joined by many of the leading scholars in Canada in the delivery of this program.

Community Objectives

Discover the dynamic and interdisciplinary nature of

Build a community of people committed to 
co-management as a form of reconciliation.

Develop practical insights into Indigenous knowledge systems from the experts themselves. 

Program topics

Introduction to co-management
The introductory module on co-management provides an overview of the discipline's different aspects and its importance. It includes lectures, guest speakers, and examples of various co-management systems in Canada.
Foundational | WHY CO-management matters
Positionality and its place in co-management
This module of the course explores the importance of positionality and the practice of keeping an updated positionality statement so you can situate yourself in your research and career, and understand the impact you may have on a co-management scenario.
Foundational | reflective  
Cultural competence
In this module you are encouraged to work on being more culturally competence, to practice cultural humility, and there are practical suggestions offered to where you may start in this area of your work in co-management.
Foundational | Reflective | action oriented
Science and responsibilities
This section of our co-management course will explore the responsibilities of natural scientists in the age of reconciliation and there will be special guest to challenge you on decolonizing your science, and offer practical ideas of how to implement in co-management.
reflective | action oriented | reconciliation
Indigenous knowledge systems
This module is considered advanced because most learners are still trying to understand and appreciate Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous science, and concepts like two-eyed seeing, and three-eyed seeing, and other practices and ways of life that are inseparable with co-management.
advanced | reflective | listening
Co-management led research
This course introduced co-management led research and situates it along other methodological approaches to research in community and with Indigenous Peoples. 
advanced | action oriented | policy | strategy
Co-management and Indigenous wellbeing
This module is designed to illustrate how your work in co-management is directly interlinked with Indigenous health and wellbeing and the actions taken in fish and wildlife management need to consider this dimension.
advanced | Health in all policies | social determinants of health
Dealing with the emotions of ecological loss.
This module provides learners the space needed to express emotions related to the loss of biodiversity. People in community, researchers, and scientists and others are grieving and struggling with the rate of change, and how can we harness that for positive change in co-management?
emotions | climate change | dealing with ecological loss
Co-management and the law
It is reasonable to believe that diverse co-management partners can implement positive actions without the need for intervention by the courts. What have we learned so far from the courts and are the courts the way forward?
law | spirit and intent | treaty implementation
Co-management and communications
The styles of communication, the languages used, the formats utilized, and our capacities in the area of communication are integral to sharing knowledge, and expecting for communication to have occurred. 
communications | action oriented
Co-management and consensus
Most co-management settings today are operating in consensus environments and this style of doing our practice of co-management comes with its unique challenges and our reflective in this area is needed for progress. 
dialogue | consensus | negotiations | communications 
Adaptive co-management
This module covers the topic of adaptive co-management and how we learning from our decisions and how co-managements can reflect and adjust to new situations and challenges that may arise. 
advanced | adaptation | organizational learning | change 
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