IEJ Symposium

Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium Website

Welcome to the official ‘Indigenous Environmental Justice (IEJ) Knowledge Sharing Symposium’ website. On these pages you will be introduced to the symposium concept and background information, as well as presented with a list of questions the symposium aims to address. Featured presentations are listed here as well. We hope that this information will inspire you to join us on May 26th at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

Chi Miigwech for visiting, and we look forward to seeing you in May!

Respecting the Caretakers of the Land

Over many centuries, Indigenous nations have co-existed on the lands which now contain York University. These relationships, both among nations and between nations and the lands and waters that support them, continue to have importance to this day. As such, at this symposium we will acknowledge and respect the ancestors and current caretakers of these territories: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Anishinaabek Nation; the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat Nation and the Metis Nation.

Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium

The Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium proposes to advance the theory and practice of EJ scholarship by engaging with Indigenous peoples to more fully develop the concept of “justice” and the policies and law necessary to enable just relations. The IEJ symposium creates a forum to share ideas, knowledge and experiences to help us understand what environmental justice means.

By bringing together activists, youth, women, artists, Elders, scholars, leaders, environmental practitioners, advocates and community members, the symposium is intended to initiate and invite dialogue on the following specific questions:

  • What does EJ mean in Canada, in an Indigenous context and from an Indigenous perspective?
  • What is currently known about IEJ in Canada?

Sharing and learning at the symposium will take various forms, particularly as there is no single definition of Indigenous justice, nor will there be for environmental justice. Indigenous peoples are diverse and their experiences and knowledge vary significantly across nations, yet similar principles emerge that form the basis for common understandings. One of these is the importance of the role of women and youth in expressing EJ in Canada (both the Idle No More movement and Mother Earth Walks have been led by Indigenous women). As such the symposium will provide ample room for the voices of Indigenous women and youth.

Types of Presentations

The symposium will consist of remarks and teachings shared by Elders/Grandmothers, women and youth. Knowledge will be shared via panel discussions, roundtables, formal presentations and creative expression (art). See a list of select presenters

York and Academic/Community Collaborators

Dr. Deborah McGregor (Whitefish River First Nation), Osgoode Hall Law
School and Faculty of Environmental Studies
Dr. Martha Stiegman, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott, Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies
Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere (University of Sudbury)
Dr. Brenda Murphy (Wilfred Laurier University)
Kathleen Padulo (Chiefs of Ontario)
Sue Chiblow (Garden River First Nation), and
Nancy Deleary (Chippewas of the Thames).

Generously Sponsored ByOsgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of
Environmental Studies, York University, and Faculty of Communications, Art
& Design, Seneca College, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, the Centre
for Feminist Studies and the Robarts Centre.


Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 8:00am Registration | 9:00am Symposium Start | 5:30pm Reception | 6:30pm
Keynote | 7:30pm Symposium End
Location: Halliwell Centre at Osgoode