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Talk – Wabanaki Fisheries: What Rivers Can Teach Us About Partnerships

February 14, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine, on Monday, Feb. 14. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk.

Speaker: Anthony Sutton, Community Food Facilitator, ME Shellfish Learning Network and Adjunct Instructor, Dept. of Communication and Journalism, UMaine

Collaboration is occurring in specific spaces and places, both with unique histories that shape the social and ecological conditions at the foundation of partnerships. Projects occurring along rivers have dynamics that have shaped this space long before a partnership is developed. This talk intends to provide a space for rivers to articulate a history of ecological change to riverways, its impact to Wabanaki fisheries, and how storytelling can be used as healing in present day partnerships that seek to move away from colonial patterns and into more equitable futures.

Anthony Sutton completed a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science at UMaine where he continues to engage adjunct teaching in Communication and Journalism and the Mitchell Center, while doing applied research as the Community Food Facilitator with the Maine Shellfish Learning Network. His research interests broadly are community-engaged approaches to resolving issues within our food systems. Much of his work has been with the Wabanaki Nations where he has worked with the Micmac Farm and their interest in growing healthy-affordable produce, as well as with Wabanaki and non-Wabanaki communities living along the coast who are working to revitalize fisheries. Whether it is by farm or fish, these projects tend to be complex and interconnected with cultural, social, economic, and ecological issues. Sutton approaches these topics with a commitment to listening and working closely with communities to find ways to help citizens find solutions that support their community’s vision for the future.



Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, and Online
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469


Senator George J. Mitchell Center
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