Introductory Keynote

Dr. Kyle Artelle

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography Dept., University of Victoria.

Dr. Kyle Artelle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in The Geography Department at the University of Victoria and a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation who is based in Wágḷísḷa, Wáxv:w̓uísax̌vs Haíɫzaqv (Bella Bella, Heiltsuk First Nation Territory) where he researches the ecology, conservation, and management of species of high cultural and ecological importance, including carnivores and food species at scales ranging from individual waterways to across the continent. He is currently working as part of an international collaboration between the Haíɫzaqv, Wuikinuxv, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and Nuxalk First Nations, Raincoast, and multiple university partners that conducts non-invasive field monitoring of grizzly and black bear (including spirit bear) populations across an >22,000 km2 area of British Columbia's Central Coast, and as scientific lead on an experimental Haíɫzaqv clam management program.

He investigates natural resource management more broadly, including investigations into the rigour of management approaches in British Columbia, the inclusion of scientific principles in wildlife management across North America, the role of values in environmental management, and the nascent potential of supporting resurgent Indigenous-led governance for just and effective conservation approaches.