Indigenous Seed Collection Scientific Presentation


  • Donnie McPhee Natural Resources Canada - Candian Forest Service


The National Tree Seed Centre (NTSC) maintains a dynamic living library of Canada’s forest genetic resources. The centre is located at the Canadian Forest Service’s Atlantic Forestry Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It’s Indigenous Seed Collection Program supports Indigenous-led seed collections of species of medicinal, spiritual, cultural, and economic importance. By creating a network of Indigenous seed collectors from across Turtle Island, we can stay connected and forge reciprocal relationships with the land and each other. The goal is to combine traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge with Western scientific approaches and research to better preserve and protect species of interest to Indigenous communities for the future; particularly as climate change threatens ecosystems.

Author Biography

Donnie McPhee, Natural Resources Canada - Candian Forest Service

Donnie’s career with Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) started in the mid 1980’s working with various research teams including Forest Insect & Disease Survey, Atmospheric pollution, Climate change and the Biodiversity Network. He completed his MscF. in Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources, 2001 at the University of New Brunswick. For the next 15 years, he teamed up with Researchers associated with the National Tree Seed center of Canada (NTSC) to work on the Conservation of Genetic resources for Species of concern and has been the Coordinator of the NTSC since 2017.  Under his guidance the NTSC launched its Indigenous seed collection Program in the spring of 2022.