We are exploring the use of digital video in research. Our approach is community-centred and participatory. Video can be used to document research in order to better communicate results to stakeholders. Moreover, it can be used to communicate the concerns and hopes of marginalized communities, for internal use, or to better advocate for change. Most recently, we have initiated a number of projects in which our lab only functions as resource people, allowing residents to better tell their own stories.
This research approach is complimented by and contextualizes conventional biological research on these issues. Combining these social and biological approaches increases the quality of the research outcomes and promotes the importance of the rich, multi-generational insights of rural residents. Moreover, it holds the biological research accountable to the communities and stakeholders that inform the research, ultimately increasing the relevance of our work.
Seeds of Change (Ian Mauro, Stef McLachlan, and Jim Sanders)
Riding Mountain Hay Yard Barrier Fencing Program (Ryan Brook)
Elk Bovine Tuberculosis Blood Testing Program (Ryan Brook, J. Whitaker, K. Kingdon, and R. Dupuis)
Elk Capture Using Helicopter and Net-Gun in Riding Mountain Park (Ryan Brook and D. MacArthur)