Skills & 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)

• Professional minute and note-taking

• Prepare proposals and technical reports, editing, literature reviews, presentations

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

• 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

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


Recent Activities

• Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of British Columbia (2017-present) Grant writer for various programming.
• Yukon Government Highways & Public Works (2020-present) Minute-taker
• Kwanlin Dün First Nation (2016-2020) Minute-taker
• Training Policy Council (2017-2018) Minute-taker
• White River First Nation (2018) Minute-taker for General Assembly
• Teslin Tlingit Council (2013-2017) Minute-taker for General Council Meetings
• Victoria Native Friendship Centre (2014-2018) Grant writer for various programming.
• Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (2016) Minute-taker for National Grassroots Engagement Tour in Whitehorse, Yukon.
• Yukon Government-Health & Social Services, Health Promotion ~ Evaluation (Quantitative and qualitative data analysis, summary reports) - From the Ground Up healthy choice fundraiser initiative (2013/2014) - Kids in the Kitchen program (2013/2014) - Wake & Bake Play (2012/2013) - Eat Right, Play Hard Polar Games Health Promotion Initiative
• Trent University (2009/2011) Case Study Review on Risk Assessment, Management and Communication Strategies for Contaminants in Country Foods among Circumpolar Indigenous Peoples
• Tr'ondek Hwech'in (2009/2011) Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change (Research)
• Trent University,Centre de Recherche du Pavillion-CHUL (2010/2011) Urqsuk: The Changing Nature of Arctic Fats and the Inuit Diet (Research)
• Yukon College (2010/2011) Yukon Watershed Protection: Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science curriculum development
•Arctic North Consulting (2010/2011) Aklavik Community Climate Change Adaptation Project (Research)


Butler Walker, J., Kassi, N., Van Bibber, M., Friendship, K., Pratt, M. 2017. Stories of Yukon Food Security. Northern Public Affairs; 5(1):33-38. Click Here

Butler Walker, J., Kassi, N., Van Bibber, M., Friendship, K. 2016. Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers. Chapter 4: Case Studies on Training, Teaching and Learning Community Based Research; Case Study 1 - Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research, Canada. Ed. Tandon, R., Hall, B., Lepore, W., Singh, W. UNESCO. (pp. 62 - 71).

Book Review: Idioms of Sami Health and Healing

This publication reviews the second volume of Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing, Idioms of Sami Health and Healing (edited by Barbara Helen Miller). The book illustrates the incredible strength of Sami people against centuries of colonization and oppression; through adaptation and finding the balance point between two disparate worldviews; that of the traditional Sami and Norwegian modernity. Many of the articles in the book use stories to illustrate the tensions between Sami 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. Click Here

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.

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. Click Here


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