Every aspect of the environment that we depend on and value is experiencing the effects of climate change. Through transdisciplinary and cross sectoral collaboration, a One Health approach addresses the social, economic, and ecological contexts of complex problems such
as climate change to find sustainable and acceptable solutions for improved wellness of people, animals, and the environment.
After this course, students will see there are solutions to complex problems and that they can be part of the solution. With a greater understanding of how to approach a difficult challenge, the students will be empowered to find the necessary resources and see opportunities for a role for themselves.
In this program students will learn that change is possible and that they have a role in that change. Using climate change in montane ecosystems as a case study, participants will learn how scientific inquiry from different disciplinary perspectives and engaging people on all sides of the challenge can lead to more constructive, sustainable, and socially just solutions. Students will work to develop the necessary skills that will enable them to contribute meaningfully to transdisciplinary
The One Health Summer Institute will be an engaged learning experience whereby the students will ‘learn by doing’. Through Indigenous ceremony and meeting with Indigenous Elders, students will gain insight into different cultural perspectives and Indigenous ways of knowing. Field work will highlight the interdependencies of the Kananaskis montane ecosystems and provide
insights on how to assess the impacts of climate change.
At the end of this program, participants will:
- Gain a scientific understanding of climate change and its implications for people, animals, and the environment
- Practice seeing the ecological relationships between human, animal, and environmental health
- Identify appropriate indicators to measure and / or describe the heath of an ecosystem or species
- Think critically about mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change
- Discover the value of Indigenous ways of knowing and its parallels with the One Health approach
- Practice working collectively and discover the value that diverse perspectives bring to the problem
I attended One Health Summer Institute 2022 which was an incredible experience! We learnt about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to help address the complex problems we face today. The wide variety of expert speakers combined with the systems thinking approach opened my mind to the opportunities available when we work together. The experience enlightened me about the beautiful lifestyle of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the knowledge the Elders and community have to offer.
Heleen de Wit, International Student from the Netherlands
Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Bearspaw, Stoney Nakoda
Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Stoney Nakoda First Nation
How can you support this program?
We are seeking donors to provide money for student scholarships. If you are interested in donating please contact: Dr. Herman Barkema, Director, One Health at UCalgary at