Yvonne Vizina (M.Ed.) is a Ph.D. student in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research will examine sustainability education practices and policies in Aboriginal post-secondary institutions and explore how these processes may influence community-based conservation as well as environmental decision-making at national and international levels. Since 2011, Yvonne has been working with the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity to advance Indigenous perspectives within the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
Yvonne Vizina completed a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1997 at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program in Prince Albert. After teaching, and working for several years in the Métis Nation on environmental and intergovernmental issues, Yvonne returned to the University of Saskatchewan and completed a Master of Education Degree; her thesis was on Métis Traditional Environmental Knowledge and Science Education. At the University of Saskatchewan she was also the Associate Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (College of Education) for five years.
Yvonne believes that to protect the Earth for future generations, traditional and contemporary forms of knowledge are necessary to ensure human society can respond appropriately to challenges emerging from our rapidly changing environment.