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Canadian Mountain Network - CMN

$18.3 million for 2019-24
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Canadian Mountain Network

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Interim President
Matthew Berry Matthew Berry

Co-Research Director
Norma Kassi Norma Kassi

Acting Board Chair
Paulette Fox

Sustainability and well-being of our mountain places and peoples

The opportunity

Canada is a country of mountains. They watch over a quarter of our land mass and are essential to the environmental, economic, spiritual, socio-cultural identity, and well-being of Canada’s diverse peoples. However, mountain landscapes and communities, as well as places downstream, are facing unprecedented change pressured by: climate change; local, regional and globally-driven shifts in industrial, economic or recreational activities; and the increased movement of people within and through mountains. Although Canada has considerable expertise in mountain research, it is not always coordinated or interdisciplinary. To improve research outcomes and better enable their effective and comprehensive application and use, it is imperative that Canada coordinate its mountain research agenda and programs.

How CMN is seizing the opportunity

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is Canada’s first national research organization dedicated to mountains. CMN’s vision is for all Canadians to benefit from state-of-the-art research, tools and training that embody multiple ways of knowing, so that decision-making and action can enhance the sustainability and well-being of our mountain places and peoples. CMN will pursue this research in the context of four critical challenges:

  1. The decolonization of policy and decision-making in mountain regions;
  2. The management of the impacts of change affecting mountain ecosystems and ways of life;
  3. The certainty that Indigenous ways of knowing and doing inform land use decision-making, policy and practice; and
  4. The support for mountain communities as they diversify their economies.

Among the expected results

  • Transform the way Canadians see and understand mountains—including both lands and waters—by bringing together the perspectives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic and non-academic mountain experts. This will ensure CMN’s research is directly applicable to users and supports advancing reconciliation.
  • Add value to existing investments in mountain research by collaboratively designing and building a monitoring and research data management program. This approach is predicated on serving a broad spectrum of Canadian research and will attract international interest, new partnerships and investments targeted to address 21st century mountain challenges.
  • Create innovative training for academics, students and youth to prepare a new generation of mountain researchers and professionals, who will be able to bridge cultures, address mountain challenges and raise awareness of mountain issues and opportunities.

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