Shea Shirley

Picture1Update July 2016

Shea completed her Masters thesis in June 2016.
A copy of her thesis “Barriers to Wildlife Harvesting Among Aboriginal Communities in Canada and Alaska” is available online at

Shea grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Despite growing up in central Saskatchewan, she gained an appreciation for northern residents and northern living through both summer employment and travel to the Yukon to visit family. Shea attended the University of Saskatchewan and earned a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management, with a major in Resource Science through the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. Her undergraduate studies introduced her to a variety of courses in geography and soil science, but the courses in northern and Indigenous studies lead her to pursue research in the North, concerning northern communities and subsistence livelihoods.

Shea is currently a Master’s candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She is under the supervision of Dr. David Natcher and her thesis is focused on the barriers to wildlife harvesting among Arctic Indigenous communities in northern North America. She has completed her first year of the program, including all required and elective courses. The courses were focused in human dimensions and environmental change, environmental data management and analysis, and environmental anthropology. She plans to complete her Master’s by the spring of 2014. After she is finished her program, Shea would like to continue working with northern communities, community development, and sustainability in these regions.

See Shea’s C.V. here.

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ReSDA Research
Shea is currently working on a ReSDA funded project that is measuring the contribution of the land based economy to the livelihoods of the Nunavik communities.  See more about the ”Inuit land based economy” project here.

Contact Information:
Masters Candidate
University of Saskatchewan