Climate change is transforming the environment—and nowhere on Earth are the changes as dramatic as they are in the Arctic. Dr. Nicole Wilson, Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environmental Change and Governance, is studying Arctic environmental change and governance with a focus on Indigenous peoples and Indigenous self-determination.
She and her research team are exploring how Indigenous people in the Arctic are navigating environmental change in unequal social-ecological systems. They are using community-based research so their methods and findings will further their Indigenous research partners’ protocols and goals. They hope to advance the practice of Indigenous governance and self-determination in the context of environmental change, and develop approaches to co-producing critical knowledge that will support Indigenous self-determination.