Diploma, Northern Natural Resources Technician (College of the North Atlantic)
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies (Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Master of Arts candidate, Environmental Policy (Start date: Fall 2017) (Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Jason Dicker is an Inuk from Nain, Nunatsiavut. He grew up on the north coast of Labrador in isolation, surrounded by Arctic wildlife and wilderness. Having lived most of his life in a remote northern community, post high school he quickly took interest in learning about the environment and resource management starting in his first year at the College of the North Atlantic. His indigenous background has meant that he is motivated to keep learning more about the land, as his people rely strongly on the resources it provides for sustenance, shelter, intergenerational knowledge sharing, cultural and traditional practices, and wellbeing.
Jason’s academic career began back in September 2010 when he enrolled in the Northern Natural Resources Technician program at the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This program allowed him to develop the expertise necessary for various wildlife, forestry and fisheries management techniques with specific focus on northern environments and ecosystems. The program emphasized the management of natural resources using principles of sustainable development and integrated ecosystem-based management. Jason later transferred to the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he gained a deeper understanding of environmental issues and practical policy solutions through an interdisciplinary training in geography, economics, political science, resource management, environmental law, and religious studies.
Jason’s next step in higher education is to begin as a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy at the same university. There he will examine diverse fields of environmental management and specifically intends to build on his previous undergraduate research looking at the human impacts of the caribou hunting ban in northern Labrador. The current hunting ban on the George River caribou has had serious effects close to home, as it is hindering Labrador Inuit to access food and is forcing them to switch to secondary species as substitutes. He is therefore highly motivated to research the impacts of the ban on the Labrador Inuit and the dietary, social, cultural and financial adversities it is causing them. He will begin his graduate work in the Fall of 2017.
At the moment, Jason is employed at the Labrador Institute as a research assistant. Under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Keske of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and Morgon Mills of the Labrador Institute, Jason is reviewing the literature focusing on waste management in the Canadian Arctic. This project looks closely at the region of Labrador that is home to isolated communities who face special economic and strategic challenges in dealing with waste management in remote and isolated areas. It will also focus on the opportunities for local governments and rural areas to acknowledge waste management practices. The outcome for this project will be used as a tool for other northern communities to abide by when managing their waste. This research position is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) under the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) project.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nain Research Centre