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José Arias Bustamante

José Arias Bustamante (International Scholar)

Bustamante

I am an international student from Chile currently doing a MSc in Forestry at UBC Faculty of Forestry. Here, I am part of the Sustainable Forest Management Research Group (SFM Research Group Profile) and my research is focused on forest-dependent Indigenous communities and the impacts of climate change in their traditional practices. I have a great respect and commitment toward the Mapuche Nation, the Indigenous peoples that inhabit the Chilean territory far before the Spaniard colonization. How is this Mapuche commitment related to my purpose of doing this research? Well first, I want to deepen my knowledge regarding the relation of Indigenous communities and climate change through a project related to Indigenous communities in British Columbia, since these communities have already gone through many of the issues that Chilean Indigenous communities are facing today. In particular, I am undertaking research into the potential impacts of climate change in the territory of the Nisga’a Nation. Thus, both the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute and the Nisga’a Lisims Government have approved this investigation. The objectives of the study are: a) to identify the main concerns of Nisga’a related to climate change effects on forest ecosystems in general, and traditional practices in particular; and b) to discover Indigenous knowledge-based management guidelines for the Nisga’a Nation forests, especially how the Nisga’a people have adapted to changing climate over the time. Thus, my Master’s studies would be a period to learn how communities in BC have encountered obstacles, and how they are facing the climate change effects. Then, I want to transfer the knowledge gained during the masters to Indigenous communities in Chile, especially Mapuche communities in the South of Chile. With the support of TerreWEB, through its travel fund, I have been able to do my fieldwork this summer, as well as discuss with different Nisga’a people the impacts of climate change on their lives and traditional practices. In the picture, I am wearing a modern Saint Patrick’s Day hat made out of Red Cedar bark. Weaving the bark of trees is one of the Nisga’a traditional practices that could be affected by climate change.

Research Topic: Forest-dependent Indigenous communities and the impacts of climate change in their traditional practices

Supervisor: Dr. John L. Innes

Teaching Experience

  • April 2015, NVivo instructor. Research Commons, Walter C. Koerner Library, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Title of the Workshop: “NVivo: Visualizations and matrices”
  • February 2015 – April 2015, NVivo instructor. Research Commons, Walter C. Koerner Library, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Title of the Workshop: “NVivo: Classifications and datasets”
  • January 2015 – April 2015, NVivo instructor. Research Commons, Walter C. Koerner Library, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Title of the Workshop: “Getting started with NVivo”
  • March 2015, Guest lecturer. International Forestry (FRST 439), March 10th. Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, Canada. Title of presentation: “Forestry in Chile: The case of Mapuche communities and transnational forest companies”
  • January 2014 – April 2014, Teaching assistant. Aboriginal Forestry (CONS 370). Instructor: Andrea Lyall, RPF, Sessional Lecturer. Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, BC.
  • January 2014, Guest lecturer. Aboriginal Forestry (CONS 370), January 23rd. Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, Canada. Title of presentation: “Indigenous knowledge, climate change and forest management: The Nisga’a Nation approach”
  • January 2013 – April 2013, Teaching assistant. Aboriginal Forestry (CONS 370). Instructor: Andrea Lyall, RPF, Sessional Lecturer. Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, BC.
  • January 2013, Guest lecturer. Aboriginal Forestry (CONS 370), January 24th. Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.Title of presentation: “Climate change: Learning from traditional ecological knowledge”

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

  • 2014-2017 Chilean Government Doctoral Scholarship (Becas Chile–CONICYT)
  • 2013-2014 Faculty of Forestry Graduate Award (UBC Faculty of Forestry)
  • 2012-2013 Kloshe Tillicum Aboriginal Health Research Master’s Award
  • 2012 Asa Johal Graduate Fellowship in Forestry (UBC Faculty of Forestry)
  • 2012 Mary and David Macaree Fellowship  (UBC Faculty of Forestry)
  • 2012 Terrestrial Research on Ecosystem & World-wide Education and Broadcast (TerreWeb) Travel Fund

Posters

  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2012. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. The 2nd edition of the Future Forestry Leaders Symposium (FFLS). The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, 7 December 2012. Vancouver, BC. Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2012. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge: identifying for Indigenous knowledge-based adaptation management guidelines. EcoHealth 2012 Conference “Sustaining Ecosystems, Supporting Health”. The 4th Biennial Conference of the  International Association for Ecology & Health, 15-18 October 2012, Kunming City, China.

Conference Presentations

  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2015. Using NVivo in Indigenous Knowledge Based Research: Climate Change and Forest Management. NVivo Symposium. April 23rd. Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Mapuche lands claims in Chile: options for controlling and maintaining access to the land. Latin American Conference on Political Ecology. October 21st-24th. Department of Geography, University of Chile. Santiago, Chile.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Mapuche lands claims in Chile: options for controlling and maintaining access to the land. 2nd Annual Colloquium of Chileans Researchers in Canada. October 4th. The Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Indigenous knowledge, climate change and forest management: The Nisga’a Nation approachOut-of-the-Box: Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Conference. March 21st. The Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. Kloshe Tillicum 2013’s National Gathering of Graduate Students. Monday June 24th, First Nation Longhouse, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

Talks

  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. FIREtalks Series “Indigenizing the Academy. Wednesday October 23rd, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge: “Results”. Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute Board of Members Meeting. Friday June 21st, Gitwinksihlkw, B.C., Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. TerreWeb Seminar series. Thursday Feb. 28th, Forest Sciences Centre, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Arias-Bustamante, J. 2012. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge: “Proposal”. Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute Board of Members Meeting. Friday May 4th, Gitwinksihlkw, B.C., Canada.

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