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Indigenous Peoples: Environmental and Climate Justice

The Indigenous environmental justice project (IEJ) project is designed to advance the theory and practice of environmental justice by engaging Indigenous knowledge and laws. IEJ draws on a set of assumptions about the place of humanity in a world we share with other beings. Our long-term goal is to develop a knowledge sharing framework based on the lived experience of Indigenous peoples to enable a vision of justice that supports the continuance of life. Over the past 8 years over 60 student research assistants have contributed to the development of the project website, symposiums, speaker series, research, podcasts, videos, youth initiatives, and social media.

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Indigenous Climate Change Futures

This SSHRC-funded project (2021-2025) seeks to better understand climate justice issues facing Indigenous peoples and propose viable approaches to seeking a sustainable climate future on Indigenous peoples’ own terms.

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The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project

A SSHRC-funded initiative (2016-2021) based out of York University that aimed to develop a distinctive EJ framework that is informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

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Climate Crisis: An Indigenous Perspective

The video was created as part of an International climate workshop to provide a youth perspective on Indigenous knowledge, practices, and multi-generational approaches to addressing the climate crisis. The video was filmed in Chippewa of the Thames First Nation and along Deshkaan Ziibii (Antler River). Credits: Dionovan Grosbeck (Speaker) Tia Kennedy (Speaker) Hillary McGregor (Speaker) Walter Darr Sands (Director, Producer, Videographer, Editor).

Eco-Grief: Coping with our Climate Crisis

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day where we focus on increasing awareness, education, and advocacy for mental health! Our very own Dr. Deborah McGregor was on an episode of Global News, Eco-Grief: Coping with our Climate Crisis. Take a look at the article and video, and reflect on the impact of the climate crisis on our environment.

Special Issue: International Association for Great Lakes Research

In this Special Issue, co-edited by our very own Dr. Deborah McGregor, 17 articles that span the globe and share lessons for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities to work together to understand and act as stewards of the environment. The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) has been bringing together Indigenous and western scientists to co-determine how best to work with one another for the good of the lakes and those who rely on them.


What is Indigenous Environmental Justice?

Why Indigenous Environmental Justice Matters

Understanding Indigenous Environmental Justice

Taking Action

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Talking Treaties, Indigenous Governance & Land Relations

This episode of Rair Digital Dialogues features Dr. Deborah McGregor and discusses rematriation, land back, treaties, Indigenous food sovereignty, and accountability in our relations with one another, other than human beings, and the land.

Anishinabek Rationality

The knowledge of Anishinabek peoples provides a different insight into environmental issues and can change how we explore solutions for reconciliation.

Wet’suwet’en Awareness Event

This podcast series highlights the ongoing tensions between the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and the Canadian State.

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