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About

NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment / Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement

Understanding today’s environment demands a clear understanding of its past. Unless environmental matters are studied in their historical context, there can be no measurement of relative change. NiCHE is a confederation of researchers and educators who work at the intersection of nature and history, seeking to provide that context. NiCHE acts to help make that work more available to fellow researchers, policy makers and the Canadian public. In 2007, NiCHE was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Strategic Knowledge Clusters grant, giving it stable funding through 2014.

Getting Involved

NiCHE is first and foremost a community of people who share an interest in nature and the past. A majority of our more than 400 registered members are Canadian, but we have many members from around the world. Our directory contains people from many walks of life, ranging from academic researchers to government employees to environmental activists to the general public. Membership is free. If you are interested in joining, please contact us via our user account request page.

If you just enjoy following the network’s activities, that’s fine. But if you are interested in doing more, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so. If one of the Core Projects or Regional Groups interest you, team leaders are always happy to hear ideas, feedback, or questions. You can find contact information for team leaders on the individual project pages, or you can send us a note through our contact form and we will put you in touch with the right person.

NiCHE also welcomes projects initiated by individual members. What we look for in a proposal is an innovative idea that can advance or showcase Canadian environmental history / historical geography. Don’t let a lack of technical background scare you away from approaching with an idea. Share your vision and we may have the tools to help you put it together.

Our website is a popular forum for activity and information about nature and the past in Canada. If you want to get a message out about an upcoming event, call for papers, or news item, we welcome submissions. And if you have an opinion about an issue related to nature and the past, our group blogs also welcome submissions.

Contributing to our website

Everyone from the NiCHE community is invited to contribute to the website; we have prepared a complete guide tailored for NiCHE website users in our Submission Guidelines page.

Our Team

Running the network is a team effort. NiCHE is administered by an executive of eight scholars from across Canada, listed below.

Director: Alan MacEachern, NiCHE

Director: Alan MacEachern, NiCHE

Executive Member: Laura Cameron, Queen's University

Executive Member: Laura Cameron, Queen’s University

Executive Member: Stephane Castonguay, UQTR

Executive Member: Stephane Castonguay, UQTR

Executive Member: Colin Coates, York University

Executive Member: Colin Coates, York University

Executive Member: Matthew Evenden,  University of British Columbia

Executive Member: Matthew Evenden, University of British Columbia

Executive Member: Liza Piper, University of Alberta

Executive Member: Liza Piper, University of Alberta

Executive Member: William J Turkel, University of Western Ontario

Executive Member: William J Turkel, University of Western Ontario

Executive Member: Graeme Wynn

Executive Member: Graeme Wynn


Two elected representatives, one from the New Scholars group and one from our regional networks, and an advisory board of international scholars and government researchers support the executive.

New Scholars Representative: Peter Anderson, Queen's University

New Scholars Representative: Pete Anderson, Queen’s University

Regional Networks Representative: Daniel Rueck, McGill University

Regional Networks Representative: Daniel Rueck, McGill University

Advisory Board Member: Stephen Bocking, Trent University

Advisory Board Member: Stephen Bocking, Trent University

Advisory Board Member: Michele Daganais, Université de Montréal

Advisory Board Member: Michele Daganais, Université de Montréal

Advisory Board Member: Tina Loo, University of British Columbia

Advisory Board Member: Tina Loo, University of British Columbia

Advisory Board Member: Joy Parr, University of Western Ontario

Advisory Board Member: Joy Parr, University of Western Ontario

Advisory Board Member: Donald Worster, University of Kansas

Advisory Board Member: Donald Worster, University of Kansas


The day-to-day operations of the network are handled largely by two people:

Project Manager (2012-Present): Joshua MacFadyen, NiCHE

Project Manager: (2012-Present) Joshua MacFadyen, NiCHE

Webmaster (2008-Present): Adam Crymble, NiCHE

Webmaster (2008-Present): Adam Crymble, NiCHE

Former Team Members

NiCHE has also benefited from the past efforts of team members who have moved on to other opportunities. We are grateful to the following former team members:

Project Manager (2010-2012): Jim Clifford

Project Manager (2010-2012): Jim Clifford

Webmaster (2007-2008): Shawn Day

Webmaster (2007-2008): Shawn Day

New Scholars Representative: Michael Commito, McMaster University

New Scholars Representative: 2011-2013, Michael Commito, McMaster University

New Scholars Representative 2011-2012: Lauren Wheeler, University of Alberta

New Scholars Representative 2011-2012: Lauren Wheeler, University of Alberta

New Scholars Representative 2009-2011: Will Knight, Carleton University

New Scholars Representative 2009-2011: Will Knight, Carleton University

New Scholars Representative 2008-2009: Sean Kheraj, York University

New Scholars Representative 2008-2009: Sean Kheraj, York University

 

Contact Us

We are always happy to hear from you. You can email any of our team members directly or use our contact form.

Mailing addess:
NiCHE c/o Dept. of History
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A 5C2
Tel +1-519-661-2111, x84993

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