Executive Director’s Message

From everyone here at Miistakis, we wish you and yours a holiday season that is merry and bright!


This past year was one of transition and change for the Miistakis Institute. We moved to Mount Royal University (MRU) and established ourselves as MRU's inaugural affiliated institute. While most moves tend to be stressful, exhausting and chaotic, our move to MRU proved to be relatively stress-free making for a seamless and smooth transition. Much of this was due to the support and warm welcome we received from MRU. We have enjoyed getting to know our MRU neighbors and colleagues and look forward to meeting more of the MRU community.

We have spent a lot of time over the past few months meeting new people, sharing who we are and what we are all about. This has made us consider how we describe what it is we do. For those of you who know us, you may know us for our expertise in one of our key research areas. For those of you who don't know us yet, we get knowledge into the hands of people who can actively use it in support of conservation. This is often referred to as Knowledge Mobilization or Knowledge Brokering.

Natural resource and land managers frequently state that they need decisions to be scientifically based. Scientifically robust information is being sought more and more by all types of land managers and stakeholders. These groups include: provincial environment agencies, private land owners, parks departments, municipalities, and land trusts. This sounds straightforward, but it challenges everyone involved in conservation research and management.

It is not enough to provide decision makers with data sets, maps, charts, graphs, or even peer-reviewed articles and executive summaries. "Knowledge" is not truly made available until it is in a usable form for those decision makers, in the place and time they exist. Context matters because it allows different groups to use the same knowledge - but in different forms and for different purposes.


Project Updates

Ecosystem Services in the Crown

The Round Table on the Crown of the Continent, a forum that brings together people who care about this ecosystem, wanted to understand who in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE) was approaching conservation work through an ecosystem services lens.

Informing the Cost of Co-existence: Wildlife & Cattle

Wildlife species are an important component of Alberta’s healthy, functioning, natural landscapes. For a beef producer, co‚Äźexisting with wildlife often results in economic impacts such as animal or feed loss, property damage or loss, as well as the costs of prevention and management activities.

Conservation Easement Web Resource for Landowners

Conservation easements can be a powerful tool for Albertans looking to fulfill long-term conservation goals on their property
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