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Developing a polar bear co-management strategy in Ontario through the indigenous stewardship model

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 May 2013

Matthew Kakekaspan
Fort Severn Cree Nation, Fort Severn, ON P0V 1W0, Canada
Brian Walmark
Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute (KORI), 216 South Algoma Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3C2, Canada
Raynald Harvey Lemelin
Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1, Canada (
Martha Dowsley
Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1, Canada (
Dawne Mowbray
Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1, Canada (


On 27 January 2011, the Fort Severn Cree nation presented its perspectives on the management of wabusk (Cree term for polar bear meaning the great wandering one) or polar bear (Ursus maritimus) to the international community. The following article provides an overview of the events that have transpired since the Conférence internationale mondes polaires held in Paris, France, on 26–28 January 2011. It begins by discussing the current state of the southern Hudson Bay polar bear sub-population and describing Cree interactions with polar bears before highlighting how the Fort Severn Cree nation is developing a co-management strategy through the indigenous stewardship model for polar bear management in its traditional territory in northern Ontario, Canada.

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