Dr. Ryan Brook will moderate a panel on the connections between Indigenous people, wildlife and environmental health. Photo courtesy On Campus News.

Panel to explore environmental health

Experts from across the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) campus will come together to examine the links between Indigenous populations and the health of wildlife and environment in an upcoming panel discussion from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has organized the event as part of its "Bringing One Health to Life" panel discussion series. The series is an extension of the annual U of S One Health Leadership Experience conference, aimed at promoting collaboration between U of S students across the health sciences disciplines.

The moderator for this panel discussion is Ryan Brook, assistant professor with the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources. Brook is also the theme leader for Aboriginal Peoples and the Environment in the university's Indigenous Land Management Institute as well as an associate faculty member in the U of S School of Environment and Sustainability.

Brook's research areas include Aboriginal wildlife, land and resource management and community-based ecosystem monitoring, human-wildlife conflict and Aboriginal youth education and training. His current research involves caribou management, in co-operation with the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development and the Prince Albert Grand Council.

The panel's speakers include:

    • Craig Stephen, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC)

    • Philip Loring, BA, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

    • Emily Jenkins, BSc, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, WCVM

This third and final discussion in the speaker series takes place at Louis' Loft on the U of S campus. The event includes a complimentary supper.

For more information visit the U of S One Health Leadership Experience site (events). Please RSVP on or before March 7, 2016.
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