Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women Issues

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women's Issues

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women's Issues

Context

In Canada, Indigenous women hold specific knowledge and have a unique experience of colonial history. Colonial oppression of Indigenous peoples internationally has contributed to the erosion of Indigenous women's link to the land and has compromised their participation in governance and political decision-making. The impacts of this oppression persist to this day. The Chair's research program will focus on the decolonization efforts necessary for the full and complete participation of Indigenous women in land governance, the strengthening of their capacities through the study of their relationship to the environment and the advancement of their society.

Mission

The Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women's Issues aims to highlight, document and map the experiences of Indigenous women from various parts of the world in governance, relations to the land, and research and knowledge on the environment.

Research objectives

  • Document and study traditional and contemporary governance, including consultation processes and Indigenous politics, as experienced by Indigenous women in Canada and elsewhere;
  • Document and map Indigenous and women's knowledge about land and health in different regions of the world;
  • Contribute to building the capacity of Indigenous women through the study of their relationship to the environment and their experience of climate change, both in Canada and internationally;
  • To propose innovative approaches to research ethics in Indigenous and women's contexts;
  • Contribute to training Indigenous and non-Indigenous graduate students and co-researchers in research.

Benefits

Professor Basile's work aims to document the issues and challenges faced by Indigenous women in Canada and elsewhere in the world, in order to identify solutions to the various problems they regularly face.

The work of the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women's Issues is complementary to that of UQAT’s Research Laboratory on Indigenous Women's Issues - Mikwatisiw.

Resources

Chairholder

Suzy Basile

Professor
School of Indigenous Studies

Areas of expertise

  • Indigenous women
  • Indigenous peoples (First Nations and Inuit)
  • Governance and territory
  • Northern development
  • Environmental issues and Consultation
  • Ethics of research with Indigenous peoples
  • Cultural anthropology
Suzy Basile
Suzy Basile

Partners

INVOLVEMENT OF THE UQAT FOUNDATION

The UQAT Foundation supports the Chair through financial support over a period of 5  years.

Information

Suzy Basile, Professor and Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women's Issues
Research Laboratory on Indigenous Women Issues – Mikwatisiw
School of Indigenous Studies
Phone: 819 874-8728 poste 6336
Email: suzy.basile@uqat.ca