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Jurisdiction Back: Infrastructure beyond Extractivism

Jurisdiction Back: Infrastructure beyond Extractivism

aerial view of a forest in autumn

Co-Principal Investigators: Dayna Nadine Scott and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark.

Funding: SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Term: 2021-2023.

Resource conflicts and legal uncertainties have dominated the political landscape over the last decade; conflicts over extraction and its infrastructures have intensified, catalyzing a fierce Indigenous resurgence. As the research team conceived this project, hereditary leaders were blocking a pipeline company from accessing their lands, inspiring solidarity actions that blocked rail lines, ports, highways, and political offices. The situation dramatically demonstrated that when corporate interests thrust contested projects onto Indigenous homelands - even with governmental approvals – they must contend with Indigenous governing authority. The project asks: How can the “just transition” to sustainable economies be imagined and infrastructured to foreground Indigenous governance systems? This project offers an agenda for fundamentally re-making our socio-technical systems; for both conceptualizing and building infrastructure otherwise.

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