Animal Welfare Organizations and First Nations Partnerships

TUESDAY, APRIL 24
1:00-2:30PM

SPEAKERS:
RJ Bailot, Executive Director and Co Founder, Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force
Alanna Collicutt, Dog Care and Control Program Manager, Alberta Spay/Neuter Task Force
Janice Hannah, Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare

ABSTRACT:

While First Nations communities across Canada are dealing with many social and economic issues, dog related health and safety concerns continue to be a common and reoccurring complaint. IFAW and ASNTF have extensive experience working with First Nations communities to assist them in developing humane and sustainable dog management programs that help both individual dogs, dog populations, and community members.

Because of the differences in communities’ expectations, practices and capacity, by working alongside each partner community, IFAW and ASNTF have found ways of understanding and addressing the root causes, not just the symptoms, of dog issues. This has led IFAW/ASNTF to design pioneer programming that responds to the unique challenges experienced by each community. In this workshop, IFAW and ASNTF will share Lessons Learned and Best Practices that are paramount in assisting communities with their dog/human conflicts.

KEY LEARNINGS:

  1. Get a head start by learning from the lessons of two groups who have been working extensively in First Nations dog population management.
  2. Become familiar with best practices that lead to successful journeys in community dog management.
  3. Learn about effective tools and resources specific for First Nations communities, including humane animal control and First Nations’ school education.

BIOS:

RJ Bailot is a recipient of the International Fund for Animal Welfare Outstanding Personal Commitment Award. RJ has travelled nationally and internationally to many animal protection groups’ home bases in order to study, accumulate knowledge and ideas to better accommodate groups in animal rescue, protection and education. RJ is a co-founder of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force.

Alanna Collicutt has worn many hats at the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force in the last 6 years including general volunteer, Vice President, and Clinic Operations Manager. However, she has found her strength and passion in the development and management of the ASNTF Dog Care and Control Program. Alanna has been focused on the Dog Care and Control Program for the last 1.5 yrs and has brought experience, skills and diligence to this new program.

In her dual role as Senior Education and Research Specialist & Northern Dogs Project Manager, Janice Hannah is responsible for developing, monitoring and evaluating the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s companion animal projects in Canada and providing guidance for IFAW’s education initiatives both in Canada and internationally. In her twenty years at IFAW, Jan has worked in numerous program areas, including marine mammal science and education, Animal Action Education, emergency relief, policy and wildlife trade.

Jan’s focus on companion animal welfare merges her long-term interest in working with animals and communities with the objective of building humane and sustainable programs that improve the health and welfare of animals through education and community engagement. Outreach, advice, community development and service provision are cornerstones to IFAW’s work, which provides contextual and culturally-relevant solutions to local issues.

Jan develops and manages community projects on the ground, as well as advising and working on companion animal policy, programming and issues internationally. During the past few years, she has worked on IFAW companion animal population management and rabies eradication projects, as well as in-community animal welfare capacity development around the world.

Jan holds an Honours BSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph, and a Master's in Education and Teaching Certificate from Niagara University.

Read our interview with Janice Hannah here.