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.
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 visit our Registration 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. For more information on contributing, visit our Submission Guidelines page.
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.
Running the network is a team effort. NiCHE is administered by an executive of eight scholars from across Canada, listed below.
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.
The day-to-day operations of the network are handled largely by two people:
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:
We are always happy to hear from you. You can email any of our team members directly or use our contact form.
NiCHE c/o Dept. of History
The University of Western Ontario
CANADA N6A 5C2
Tel +1-519-661-2111, x84993