Erik Simula

Erik Simula
Masters student


Erik Simula is a Graduate Research Assistant with the University of Minnesota Duluth working in collaboration with the 1854 Treaty Authority. He is in the Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship (MTRES) program at UMD and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability, Natural Resource Management, and First Nations from University of Wisconsin-Superior. Erik is a master birch bark canoe builder and cultural educator. He has worked for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the National Park Service and is also employed by the USDA Forest Service on the Superior National Forest.

Research Interests

Boreal Forest Ecology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Wild Rice

Current Projects

  • Support for Tribal Climate Adaptation across the 1854 Ceded Territory

Selected Publications and Presentations

Simula, E. (2021). Wiigwaassi Jiimaananike: Building Birch Bark Canoes, A Study of Cultural Immersion Programs. Invited online presentation. Savannah: Georgia Southern University, American Indian History (HIST-5130-AA).