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Environmentalism in an age of reconciliation: exploring a new context of indigenous and environmental NGO relationships

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dc.contributor.author Gordon, Charlie
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-29T19:12:14Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-29T19:12:14Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-01-29
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10562
dc.description.abstract As Canada’s courts recognize and redefine the scope of Aboriginal title and rights in the country, alliances between Indigenous communities and environmental groups are playing an increasingly central role in the fight to stop fossil fuel infrastructure projects and address the global threats of climate change. Recognizing the importance of relationships between environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGO) and Indigenous peoples to environmental campaigns in Canada, and the need to include land-politics into the national conversation of reconciliation, this research project aims to investigate the role of reconciliation efforts in environmental campaigns in BC. Indigenous-ENGO relationships offer important opportunities to learn how actions and language of reconciliation are (or are not) being expressed in environmental campaigns, and to learn how ENGOs are approaching their work with Indigenous communities in an era of reconciliation. Using two campaigns as my case studies I explore these topics by interviewing ENGO staff and Indigenous peoples working collaboratively on the Site C Dam campaign in the Peace River region of Treaty 8 in northeast BC, and the Pacific Northwest liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal project in the Skeena River watershed region in the traditional territories of the Tsimshian, Gitxsan, and Wet’suwet’en nations of northwest BC. Informed by Indigenous and anti-colonial research methodologies, a principle of relational accountability is used to center relationships with land as a foundation for reconciliation, and for recommendations on how Indigenous-ENGO relationships can be improved. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject reconciliation en_US
dc.subject environmentalism en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject environmental en_US
dc.subject NGO en_US
dc.subject non-governmental organization en_US
dc.subject Site C dam en_US
dc.subject relationships en_US
dc.subject decolonization en_US
dc.subject First Nations en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject BC en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject ENGO en_US
dc.subject Pacific Northwest LNG en_US
dc.subject relational accountability en_US
dc.subject anti-colonial research methods en_US
dc.title Environmentalism in an age of reconciliation: exploring a new context of indigenous and environmental NGO relationships en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rowe, James K.
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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