We would like to begin by acknowledging that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
(For more details on the process that lead to the drafting of this land acknowledgement, which has been officially endorsed by Concordia University, click here.)
We are a research group based in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University, Montréal, Québec. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Mulrennan, our group is comprised of several graduate students and doctoral candidates, as well as many community partners.
Our research projects focus on environmental stewardship and resource use by indigenous and other local communities, more particularly in coastal and marine environments. We are interested in the use of traditional knowledge in resource management, the relationship between people and their territories, and how this influences protected area governance or resource management in general. Our two primary research sites are Torres Strait, northern Australia and Wemindji, eastern James Bay northern Québec, although some projects have taken place in other locations over the past few years.
Monica and some of her students are members of the Indigenous Stewartship of the Environment and Alternative Development (INSTEAD) research program, which is part of the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA).
Our research projects are funded through: SSHRC, FQRSC, NSTP, QCBS, and the Concordia University School of Graduate Studies.
Monica's and Véronique's most recent paper has been published in Ecology & Society and is available online: Social-ecological Resilience in Indigenous Coastal Edge Contexts.
Congratulations to Kristy who passed her comprehensive exams!
May 1, 2018 Congratulations to Nafisa who has been awarded a FQRSC Doctoral Award for her work with the Cree Nation of Wemindji!
December 12-13, 2017
Véronique presented at the QCBS Annual Symposium
November 25-26, 2017
Monica was invited to participate in the ICCA Consortium Annual General Assembly, in Geneva, Switzerland.
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From top left, clockwise: Katherine Scott (McGill University), Nafisa Sarwath, Chloe Boon, Kristy Franks, Véronique Bussières, Monica Mulrennan and Annie Lalancette. December 2017.