We undertake research in the spirit of dedicated optimism
to advance meaningful change with tangible impacts.

Community-engaged, collaborative, and process-oriented research.

We undertake interdisciplinary and community-engaged research, with a focus on decolonizing processes and removing unnecessary silos that inhibit collaboration and learning.
Indigenous Compensation Methods

With colleagues
Dr. Terre Satterfield, Dr. Robin Gregory, Phillip Halteman, and in collaboration with community members and leaders, we have worked in the development of innovative methods to support claims for compensation to Indigenous Nations. These methods include the identification and valuation of loss from both tangible impacts - which are easily identified and enumerated - and intangible impacts - which are often harder to measure, such as losses to culture or governance practices.
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Indigenous Laws and Governance

With colleagues Iris Siwallace, Dr. Clyde Tallio, Jacob Gascoyne, and fellow researchers Caitlin Thompson and Rachelle Beveridge,
we carry out research into the principles of Nuxalk Ancestral Governance and how these can support decision-making in present-day contexts. This research has led to the development of Nunutsx’lhuusnmak: Our Nuxalk Ancestral Governance Handbook, which is now being implemented throughout several departments and projects across Nuxalk homelands.

We have experience working in partnership with Indigenous experts and knowledge keepers, Hereditary Chiefs, and Elected Band Councils, to research, document, and revitalize Indigenous legal theory into community practice, policy development, and decision-making. This research supports larger questions around how First Nations are operationalizing their own governance systems – including in particular the resurgence of Hereditary/Ancestral systems of governance - to support internal decision-making and governance, as well as collaborative governance and negotiations with provincial and federal governments across Canada.
Nuxalk Nation
Coastal First Nations
Nuxalk Ancestral Governance Project
Community-Engaged, Decolonizing, and Reflexive Research Practices

Our work and research is in support of community-engaged and decolonizing methods. We carry out research and writing on these topics. A recent collaboration with colleagues
Kyle Artelle, Megan Adams, Rachelle Beveridge, and Paul Boyce is the forthcoming paper entitled “A Primer for the Practice of Reflexivity in Conservation Science.”

Collaborative and interdisciplinary research partnerships

Nicole Kaechele is  PhD Candidate at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability under the supervision of Dr. Terre Satterfield and with committee members Dr. Tricia Logan, Dr. Jessica Dempsey , and Dr. Margaret Low. Her research focuses on compensation for historical and contemporary losses from resource extraction, exploring the ethical and policy implications as compensation emerges as part of the larger reconciliation context between Indigenous nations and the state.

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