Exploring Food and Fishery Systems in the Lake Superior Watershed (funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant) - with co-investigator Charles Levkoe

    The Exploring Food and Fishery Systems in the Lake Superior Watershed works with First Nations, non-profit organizations and small business to better understand and map the connections between fisheries and local food systems. Using a participatory action research methodology, it uses food systems as a lens to broaden the scope of fisheries by integrating a range of interdependent dimensions (including geographical, political, economic, policy, food security and nutrition, sustainability) that interact around sustainable fisheries. The findings will bring attention to the larger sets of actors and voices that are essential to the future of sustainable fisheries and most marginalized within existing approaches, including those of Indigenous peoples, civil society, and social movements. 

    Food Sovereignty and Fisheries Governance in Batchewana First Nation (funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage Grant) - with co-investigator Charles Levkoe. 

    This research project is exploring traditional fisheries governance in Batchewana First Nation (BFN) of the Ojibways in support of food sovereignty and reconciliation. Working in partnership with the community, this project is documenting fisheries knowledge and governance systems to support BFN’s ongoing management of lands and waters in their territory. Ultimately, the project aims to contribute to the relationship building among Batchewana First Nation, the province of Ontario, and the wider public that is vital for reconciliation and developing equitable governance relationships on Lake Superior. A main output of the project will be a video documentary, produced in collaboration with BFN and Sarah Furlotte of 48th Parallel Productions. This documentary will be an important knowledge and communication tool that the community can use to continue sharing their story and raising awareness about fisheries, self-determination, and food sovereignty in their territory.