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Ave Dersch, BSc'02, MA'05, PhD'11

Ave Dersch, Principal of Moccasin Flower Consulting

Bio

Dr. Dersch is the Principal of Moccasin Flower Consulting and has 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities in the fields of traditional land and resource use, archaeology, and community-based monitoring of traditional land and resources. She began working with Indigenous communities in 2002 while conducting ethno-archaeological research for her M.A. in northwestern Saskatchewan. In 2011, she completed her Ph.D. in archaeology and biological sciences from the University of Calgary documenting past and present traditional land and resource use with a First Nation in northcentral Alberta. Currently, Dr. Dersch works with First Nations in Alberta, B.C., New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia to complete traditional land and resource use studies in both terrestrial and marine settings; these studies are key components of regulatory environmental assessments and project-specific consultation. Dr. Dersch is also a contributor to technical peer reviews conducted on behalf of various Indigenous groups across Canada.