Iitoomsao’kaasii convocated from the Lethbridge College with her Renewable Resources Management diploma, and subsequently, completed her undergrad at the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences. During her post-secondary education, Diandra worked as a junior forest ranger crew leader, forestry technician, and wildlife technician, experiencing nature and its wildness first-hand. As a Blackfoot woman, she aimed her studies on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the importance of conserving and protecting native environments from an ecological and spiritual perspective. Diandra currently serves the Kainai First Nation as the Climate Change Coordinator; through her training in classical western science, the projects Diandra works on aim to braid Traditional Knowledge into climate change policy in both climate change adaptation and mitigation.



Indigenous Climate Change Observation Network

Working collaboratively with Indigenous groups across Alberta, Alberta Environment and Parks is developing an Indigenous Climate Change Observation Network (ICCON) to mobilize Indigenous and scientific knowledge for climate change monitoring and to inform climate change policy and adaptation planning at the community, local, regional and provincial level.

Participatory Video (PV), an ICCON component, enables communities to monitor, document and communicate their climate change observations and adaptation priorities, and then share these videos with diverse audiences including other Indigenous communities, policy makers, and the general public.

Join Diandra, Alvin First Rider, Abbey Soosay, and Marley Kozak to discover about an innovative method for effective climate change monitoring and adaptation planning.


Look for this presentation in the Thursday Morning program at 10:45 am. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

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