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 "Why Science" airs on Windspeaker radio in Alberta every week throughout September, October, November, and December.
Listen Wednesdays and Fridays on CJWE 88,1, The Raven 89.3, CFWE, and Cuzin radio online. We will update this page weekly with more information about each subject and guest. Enjoy the features and if you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line.
Week of September 20th
Guest: Latiya Northwest
Latiya is from the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacîs and is a student at the University of Alberta's Environmental and Conservation Sciences and Native Studies program. Environmental sustainability is a global ambition and responsive, community based models have often proved to be a successful approach. The United Nations has targeted areas such as sustainable consumption,,sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, forests management, reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.Indigenous communities personify these goals by already having a strong interconnection to the natural world and an ecological view of the world woven in their culture and communities. In this segment, Latiya emphasizes how knowledge of animal behaviour, plant regeneration, and even forest management through prescribed burning has been passed on through generations of storytelling.
 Week of September 13th
Guest: Robbie Potts
Robbie is a Plains Cree and works on our Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) project at the University of Alberta. CWD is a fatal prion disease which affects deer, elk, reindeer, and moose. It is found mostly in Saskatchewan and Alberta with a few reported cases in Quebec. It is not passed on to people, but the Government of Canada says that as a precaution, people should not eat any part of an animal that has tested positive for CWD.
Hunters are an important part of monitoring the disease and can submit the animal head for testing.