November 25, 2021
Kara Pictou is the lead for the Mi’kmaw Climate Monitoring Initiative (MCMI) for the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq’s (CMM) Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Her role is community-based and she has several responsibilities related to climate monitoring, including installing various weather monitoring stations, the co-development of climate monitoring toolkits, creating climate related educational resources for all ages, interviewing Traditional Knowledge holders about climate change, and organizing climate change specific training opportunities for the eight Mainland Mi’kmaw communities.
Prior to joining the CMM, Kara was involved with a flood mitigation study for her home community, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, monitoring water levels at a local river that is used to help predict the impacts on the physical environment and the surrounding infrastructure. Kara also promotes citizen science and monitoring platforms such as the CoCoRaHS monitoring network.