Deborah McGregor

Canada Research Chair on Indigenous Environmental Justice

Tier 2 - 2016-03-01
Renewed: 2020-07-01
York University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Spelling out the laws, norms, protocols and customs that are needed to advance environmental justice theory and Indigenous governance.

Research relevance

This research has significant ethical implications for the practice of sustainability, as well as for environmental governance and justice in Indigenous communities.

Research summary

What does it mean to “live well” with the Earth in the face of climate/ecological crisis? What does a self-determined climate future look like for Indigenous communities and peoples? Indigenous-derived solutions must be generated based on knowledge systems, which have fostered Indigenous survival despite centuries of environmental upheaval affected by colonization. This research will capture desired “Indigenous climate change futures” described by Elders and other knowledge holders, shared through peer-reviewed journal articles, workshops, podcasts, videos, a website, and presentations. The final outputs will be a documentary with a curriculum guide and an edited volume on Indigenous climate justice.