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Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights

CALL FOR PROPOSAL AND NOMINATIONS for the 2009 – 2011  Small Grants Awards and the Field Fellowship,

Submitted by Natasha Duarte, Coordinator, International Society of Ethnobiology

In 2009 we will award two small grants, and one Field Fellowship. In 2011 we will award another two small grants, and possibly an institution-based fellowship (the latter depends upon available funds).

For more information on the Program, and to get updates on the work of Fellows and Small Grants recipients from 2004-2008, please visit us online at:

Small Grants are awarded to indigenous and community groups working on sustainable and equitable resource management or rights issues. The incorporation of small grants into the Fellowship program reflects the widespread need for small, strategic sums to fill gaps in funding, respond to crises, or catalyze resource management change or institutional development. Small grants are $5,000 per year for two years.

Field Fellowships are awarded to individuals pursuing applied, on-the-ground activities to support resource management, and cultural, human, land, resource and other rights of indigenous peoples and local communities around the world. The award targets grassroots activities and individuals that may or may not have an interest in academic concerns. Field Fellows receive $20,000 per year for two years.

Please visit our website to find the instructions for nominating candidates for both Small Grants and Field Fellowships. You will find there different requirements for each program, as well as slightly modified instructions for individuals and groups that wish to apply directly to the ISE for Small Grants or Field Fellowships.

In the past, only the Oxford Fellowship was awarded through a direct application process, and Small Grants and Field Fellowships were by nomination only. This was intended to make the process more inclusive because many groups and individuals undertaking grassroots work on resource rights and management, and applied ethnobiological research, are not experienced fundraisers and do not have large international networks. However, so many individuals have asked to apply directly for the Small Grants and Field Fellowships that we decided to accept both nominations and direct applications (but letters of support/recommendation will continue to be weighed more heavily than the style or polish of a proposal).

The timeline for this year's Small Grants and Fellowship nomination, selection, and award process is as follows:

February 1, 2009: Proposals and Nominations due February 1 – March 15, 2009: Selections made April 1, 2009: Small Grants and Fellowship recipients notified May 1, 2009: Awards made (the first of two annual payments of $5,000 for small grants, and $20,000 for Fellows).

Please send any questions to:

Natasha Duarte
Coordinator, International Society of Ethnobiology
14 School St., P.O. Box 303
Bristol, VT 05443, USA
tel: +1 802 453-6996
Fax: +1 802 453-3420

NEWS RELEASE “Innu Place Names Website a Worldwide First”

Natuashish (Labrador).  For Immediate Release. 21 November 2008


Labrador Innu made history today by putting on line the first comprehensive cultural website dedicated entirely to Aboriginal place names. Called Pepamuteiati nitassinat (‘As We Walk Across Our Land’), the website gives access to over 500 Innu place names in Labrador, as well as stories, photos, and video clips associated with the names.  The website can be explored at


Innu Nation Grand Chief, Mark Nui, said, “Place names are very important to our people because they are a gateway to our history on the land. Many younger Innu who have gone through the provincial educational system have never learned these names. We hope that the website will help them learn about their culture and history.”


Lots of place names in Labrador come from the Innu (e.g. Minipi-Lake from Minai-nipi, meaning ‘burbot lake’), but others were given by pilots, mining companies, settlers and outfitters and were imposed on places that already had Innu names. The website will enable the Innu and members of the general public to start using the Innu place names, to learn about the meaning of the names and how to pronounce them.


Other Aboriginal groups have been doing place name research over the years, and some are in the process of publishing their own websites (e.g. James Bay Cree and Norwegian Sámi). However, Pepamuteiati nitassinat is the first, comprehensive one put on line to date.


Grand Chief Nui pointed out that “Over thirty years of research with our Elders went in to this website. It’s a gift from our Elders to younger Innu people. It’s part of our Elders’ legacy. It’s also an important part of our intangible cultural heritage that will help educate people about the richness of our history and traditions.”


The website was made possible by contributions from many institutions and agencies including multimedia company Idéeclic, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Memorial University Linguistics, and Canadian Boreal Trust.  The Innu Nation wishes to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through Canadian Culture Online.

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 For more information: Grand Chief Mark Nui, (709)478-8755 or 897-5494


Mapping the past to preserve the present

First Nations are increasingly using geographical information systems and other cutting-edge mapping technologies as tools in land-use negotiations with government and business

Story by Curt Cherewayko, Business in Vancouver, October 21-27.