Researcher in Profile: Dr. Vincent L’Hérault

Dr. Vincent L’Hérault is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Prairie Climate Centre, University of Winnipeg, and President/Director of ARCTIConnexion, an indigenous organization devoted to capacity building and leadership development in northern communities. He is a member of OceanCanada’s Knowledge Mobilization Working Group, contributing to two-eyed seeing (combining Indigenous and Western knowledge), engagement, and integration of participatory research work conducted with communities across Canada’s three oceans.

With over a decade of experience in Arctic communities during his graduate studies and living up north with his young family, Vincent developed genuine relationships and understanding of community realities, challenges and opportunities. He then started to support opportunities promoting traditional harvesting practices and knowledge, innovation through science, and communication, each contributing to local wellbeing and a sustainable resource-based economy. With this background, Vincent brings with him a unique set of skills to OceanCanada, with a commitment to engage with coastal communities.

Vincent’s main research activities currently explore, through participatory filmmaking, the socio-economic and cultural conditions for sustainable fisheries in the Magdalen Islands, a small community in the Gulf of St-Lawrence. This project features the main stakeholders of the fisheries: local fishermen, fish plant owners, the Association Québécoise de l’Industrie de la Pêche, the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec, as well as participants in local, national, and international markets. The research and filmmaking production is currently in its final stage. The project will be edited in a documentary film targeting a large audience via television and film festivals.