Thursday, March 01, 2007

manomin and old lace

The ManOMin Watershed Conference is coming up again; this time hosted on the USA side of the border, in International Falls, MN.
- "Seeing with both eyes: Balancing Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge and Contemporary Science" -

Welcome to the 2007 ManOMin Watershed Conference Website

This conference on the environmental sustainability of the Manitoba, Ontario and Minnesota basins, borrows its name from the Anishnaabe word ManOMin, or wild rice, a culturally significant food staple for the Indigenous people inhabiting the area since time immemorial.

The ManOMin Watershed Conference brings together scientists, resource managers and members of the general public who have an interest in protecting and enhancing the health of the ManOMin basin, in particular that of the Rainy River basin. It offers the opportunity to share the latest information on scientific understanding on the basin's trans-boundary issues, as well as strengthen cooperation efforts between the Minnesota Tribes, Ontario First Nations, federal departments, provincial agencies, NGO's, industries, and schools.

The conference will be taking place April 10-12, 2007 in International Falls, Minnesota.

Registration Fee (after February 28, 2007) $125 CDN / $ 110 USD*

Registration includes admission to all presentations, all breaks, two breakfasts and two lunches. *USD amount on credit card payments will be subject to daily exchange rates and may vary from listed price.

The debate over climate change and global warming has become fairly heated and even sabotaged/hijacked recently. To what end? I think that it will be difficult to guess/estimate/model the end consequences of pouring millions (billions?) of tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into atmosphere, every year. The earth is a complex, closed system that may rebound in the opposite direction (as fantasized in "that film" with Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal). Anyways it is the International Polar Year (actually two years, in order to catch the complete winter cycle in the northern and southern poles).

The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009...

IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is actually the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8. In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time.

Useful, yet random:

University of Manitoba Aboriginal Issues press.

Antique Tribal Art Dealers Assoc. Theft Alert Page.


I promise to tell you more about my artificial Bonsai experiments, shortly.


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