The WWF Arctic Programme

Erin Keenan

Specialist, Eastern Arctic

WWF-Canada

Erin grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she first developed a curiosity for ecology and the environment by exploring Toronto’s green spaces and lakeshore on her bicycle. This carried through her undergraduate program in global development and environmental studies and she became particularly interested in community-based environmental management, particularly for indigenous communities in Canada.

Her first introduction to the Arctic was during her Master’s program in marine management when she had the opportunity to spend six weeks in Naujaat, Nunavut conducting interviews with local hunters and elders as part of her research into the role of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge) in narwhal management decision-making in Nunavut. A few months later, she took the Arctic plunge and began working in Iqaluit for the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, providing advice on terrestrial wildlife management. In May 2017, Erin joined WWF-Canada in Iqaluit and works on Arctic marine conservation, marine protected areas advocacy, and community engagement on behalf of WWF-Canada’s Arctic team.

In my experience living and working in the Arctic, I am always learning from the people I meet working on conservation in a place where, in spite of complex social challenges, nature remains an integral part of everyday life.