Suzy Isabelle Basile

Canada Research Chair in Issues Relating to Indigenous Women

Tier 2 - 2020-01-01
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Research summary

Colonial oppression of Indigenous Peoples has undermined Indigenous women’s connections to the land and their ability to participate in governance and policy decision-making processes. The impacts of this oppression remain evident. Yet owing to their unique experiences, Indigenous women have specific, useful knowledge of colonial history. Dr. Suzy Isabelle Basile, Canada Research Chair in Issues Relating to Indigenous Women, is exploring what decolonization steps are needed to ensure Indigenous women’s full participation in territorial governance. With her research team, she is building their capacities by examining their relationships to the environment. Ultimately, this will help their societies to flourish.