Kasey Stirling


Thesis Topic

Weaving Together Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Western Science to Co-develop a Bio-cultural Framework for Fish Habitat and Water Assessment with Lower Fraser First Nations


Dr. Andrea Reid


Dominion Herbal College Chartered Herbalist Diploma
Simon Fraser University BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Research Unit

Centre for Indigenous Fisheries


ʔéx kʷ n̓ & pusu’l (hello), my name is Kasey Stirling and I am Nlaka’pamux, Mi’kmaq, Métis, and Acadienne. I am a status member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band in Merritt, BC. I am from Williams Lake, the traditional territory of the T’exelcemc Nation (Williams Lake Indian Band, Secwepemc Peoples).

Throughout my life, I have walked between both worlds: Western and academic science, and Indigenous traditional knowledge. Balancing these pedagogies and developing a framework whereby they complement each other has been a focus of many Indigenous researchers. I intend to learn from what these researchers have developed and apply this balanced approach to my research with supervision from Dr. Andrea Reid. This is a topic I explored with other Indigenous biochemistry students during the 2018 Summer Internship for Indigenous Students in Genomics Canada (SING Canada) internship. I was also able to develop my own sense of this balanced framework by working as a teacher naturalist at the Scout Island Nature Centre in Williams Lake by teaching children through nature education.

It is both a pleasure and a responsibility, being an Indigenous researcher trained in biochemistry research, to bring a perspective of Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing as described by Mi’kmaq Elder Dr. Albert Marshall) to fisheries science.

Research Interests

Applying Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) to fisheries science.
Partnering with Indigenous communities to co-develop frameworks for ecosystem stewardship.
Weaving together Indigenous knowledge systems and Western science for more collaborative fisheries management.

Contact Information

Email: k.stirling@oceans.ubc.ca

Social Media

Instagram: @kasey.stirling