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Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Reconciliation and Environmental Governance AND IEJ

Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Reconciliation and Environmental Governance AND IEJ

As featured in the 2018 Federal Budget, Professor Deb McGregor’s research is exploring facets of Indigenous Justice through awareness & education programs, knowledge sharing and systems thinking, & reconciliation and environmental governance development.

Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Reconciliation and Environmental Governance

Utilizing a knowledge sharing paradigm, in partnership with Chiefs of Ontario (COO) and Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC), this project seeks to mobilize existing knowledge with the preparation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) diagnostique/analysis that will highlight the successes/failures, opportunities and limitations of past and current IKS initiatives involving First Nations in Ontario.  An IKS research and reconciliation position paper will be generated based on the diagnostique and input shared at the gathering for how IKS can be ethically considered in contexts where it is not generated or held (academy, governments, etc.). ).  To support future endeavours, an IKS gathering will be convened next year, bringing First Nations environmental practitioners/professionals, leaders, youth and Elders together in a 2.5 day gathering to discuss and identify the terms/conditions that IKS can be shared with others.

IEJ Project

The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project has been busy in 2018 with diverse engagements in furthering both our ongoing research and our efforts for knowledge mobilization. MES graduate Meagan Delavilla completed a participatory art-making workshop with youth in Toronto to produce work that communicated an Indigenous concept of environmental justice. The work that was created in the workshop will be displayed at Glendon campus in the new year. Another MES graduate, Nasreen Hussain completed the production of a four-part educational video vignette series which is available for viewing online now (http://iejproject.info.yorku.ca/live-stream/). Members of the project have been leading workshops with local high school students to engage and develop their understandings of Indigenous Environmental Justice. These workshops are conducted through presentations, discussions, story-work and word association exercises.

Principle Investigator Dr. Deborah McGregor has presented at various conferences including the International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change in Princeton, the World Indigenous Law Conference in Windsor as well as the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum in St. Louis. Research assistants Jayce Chiblow and Max Corne-Klein have continued to record interviews with knowledge holders, while previously recorded interviews are being transcribed by undergraduate research assistants, Abdeali Saherwala, Amna Massood, Nasra Moumin and Mika MacKinnon. The team continues to collect relevant literature which is considered in ongoing reviews as more annotations are compiled. David Bazargan and Lauren King have also