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Indigenous Environmental Justice

Indigenous Peoples, Environment, Climate Justice

The Indigenous Environmental Justice (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 and 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 posts.

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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).

Speaking Across Knowledge Systems: A Podcast Series

The IPCA Knowledge Basket holds stories, videos, songs, government reports and policies, academic articles, resources, and artwork available to all who seek to support Indigenous-led conservation. Because land and language are inextricably linked, Indigenous-led conservation can help support the revitalization of Indigenous languages. Listen to it here.

Podcast: Water Relationships: Healing, Eels, Turtles and Thirteen Moons

Take a listen to our new podcast, Water Relationships, hosted by Tia Kennedy! In this recording, Tia interviews Dr. Leora Gansworth about water governance, literature, and the 13 Moons Project. They discuss the intricacies of the moon and water, both in relation to each other, and in their relation to humans. The discussion centers around climate change, its effect on the water, environment, and eels. Click below to listen!


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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