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Welcome to RavenQuest Consulting. RavenQuest focuses on community-based research, and operates out of Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

Projects have included research on Indigenous food security, climate change, contaminants, and health across the Canadian North.


RavenQuest Consulting offers a variety of services for communities, organizations, and others in the Canadian North. Since 2009, RavenQuest has worked on a variety of projects related to environment and health, including community-based, interdisciplinary, and participatory research initiatives.


Skills and Experience:


- Assist in the designing, developing, and implementation of research project process and methodology, including project evaluation

- Qualitative research methods (interview, focus group, survey skills and data analysis and interpretation of research findings)

- Prepare proposals and technical reports, editing, literature reviews and literary research, presentations

- Coordination of multiple research projects

- Preparation of training materials and training where applicable

- Workshop coordination and planning

- Travel to participating communities and spend adequate time there to support and assist in implementing research projects, logistics, or training

- Maintain and build strong working relationships with project partners and team members

- Contribute to team meetings, attend and present at conferences on behalf of client

- Produce reports and plain-language documents for diverse audiences

- Professional minute and note-taking

- Consultation with communities and different Indigenous groups, collaborating together with different knowledge types and perspectives

- Experience with climate change and health science especially as it applies to the North


Projects:

2012 / 2013

Wake and Bake Play (Evaluation)
Contracting Institution: Yukon Government-Health and Social Services (Health Promotion)

Eat Right, Play Hard Polar Games Health Promotion Initiative (Evaluation)
Contracting Institution: Yukon Government-Health and Social Services (Health Promotion)

Teslin Tlingit Council Minute Taking
Contracting Institution: Teslin Tlingit Council


2010 / 2011

Urqsuk: The Changing Nature of Arctic Fats and the Inuit Diet
Contracting Institution(s): Trent University, Centre de Recherche du Pavillion-CHUL
Funding agency: International Polar Year

A Case Study Review on Risk Assessment, Management and Communication Strategies for Contaminants in Country Foods among Circumpolar Indigenous Peoples
Contracting Institution: Trent University
Funding agency: Canadian Institutes for Health Research

Tr'ondek Hwech'in Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change
(Friendship, K., in collaboration with Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation)
(International Polar Year)

Yukon Watershed Protection: Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science curriculum development
Contracting Institution: Yukon College
Funding Agency: RBC Blue Water Project

Aklavik Community Climate Change Adaptation Project
Contracting Institution: Arctic North Consulting
Funding Agency: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada


Publications:

Friendship, K. & Kassi, N. (2016) Book Review: Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing (edited by Barbara Helen Miller). The Northern Review: 43(2016): 139-142.

Book Review: Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing

This publication reviews the second volume of Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing, Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing (edited by Barbara Helen Miller). The book illustrates the incredible strength of Sámi people against centuries of colonization and oppression; through adaptation and finding the balance point between two disparate worldviews; that of the traditional Sámi and Norwegian modernity. Many of the articles in the book use stories to illustrate the tensions between Sámi worldviews and practices with modern Norwegian society; particularly with respect to health care and healing practices. The importance of traditional practices as a means for adaptation to current, changing times are highlighted.



Friendship, K. and Furgal, C. 2012. The role of Indigenous knowledge in environmental health risk management in Yukon, Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health: 71: 19003.
http://www.circumpolarhealthjournal.net/index.php/ijch/article/view/19003

Objectives: This project aimed to gain better understandings of northern Indigenous risk perception related to food safety and to identify the role that Indigenous knowledge (IK) plays in risk management processes to support more effective and culturally relevant benefit-risk (B-R) management strategies.

Study design: The project used an exploratory qualitative case study design to investigate the role and place of IK in the management of environmental contaminants exposure via consumption of traditional foods in Yukon First Nations (YFNs).

Methods: Forty-one semi-directive interviews with Traditional Food Knowledge Holders and Health and Environment Decision-makers were conducted. A review and analysis of organizational documents related to past risk management events for the issue was conducted. Thematic content analysis was used to analyze transcripts and documents for key themes related to the research question.

Results: There was a recognized need by all participants for better collaboration between scientists and YFN communities. YFNs have been involved in identifying and defining community concerns about past risk issues, setting a local context, and participating in communications strategies. Interviewees stressed the need to commit adequate time for building relationships, physically being in the community, and facilitating open communication. Conducting community-based projects was identified as critical for collaboration and for cooperative learning and management of these issues.

Conclusions: The perception of ‘‘effective’’ benefit-risk management is significantly influenced by the efforts made to include local communities in the process. A set of common guiding principles within a process that brings together people and knowledge systems may provide a more effective way forward in cross-cultural, multiple knowledge system contexts for complex benefit-risk issues than a prescriptive rigid framework.


Links of Interest:

Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research
http://www.aicbr.ca

ArcticNet
http://www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca

Centre for Community-Based Research
http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca

Community-Based Research Canada
http://communityresearchcanada.ca

Food Secure Canada
http://foodsecurecanada.org

International Polar Year
http://www.api-ipy.gc.ca/pg_ipyapi_016-eng.html

International Union for Circumpolar Health
http://iuch.net

Inuit Tapariit Kanatami
http://www.itk.ca

Nasivvik: Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments
http://www.nasivvik.ca

Northern Contaminants Program
http://www.science.gc.ca/Northern_Contaminants_Program-WS7A463DBA-1_En.htm

Trent University Indigenous Environment Health Research Group
http://cfurgalresearch.wordpress.com/chris-furgal

Yukon College
http://www.yukoncollege.yk.ca

Yukon Research Centre
http://www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/research



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Suite 102, 108 Elliott Street
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Y1A 6C4
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Email: katelyn@ravenquest.ca