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Envisioning Indigenous-derived climate change futures

(From L-R) Deborah McGregor (CRC in Indigenous Environmental Justice); Lisa Myers (YRC in Indigenous Art & Curatorial Practice); and Alan Corbiere (CRC in Indigenous History of North America). Climate change has been identified as the "defining issue of our time" by many of the world's leading experts. Many now use

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Exploring the reinventive spirit in times of crisis

Gosine at his everything slackens in a wreck exhibition at Ford Foundation Gallery, New York. This show, Everything Slakens in a Wreck, is an explication of this moment we are in -- we are all trying to find our way in a maelstrom, a storm, a roller coaster ride of

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Ontario's cormorant hunt and what it means for its future

by Gail Fraser Gail Fraser For the last 14 years, I’ve studied double-crested cormorants at Tommy Thompson Park on the east side of Toronto’s harbour. Every April, I put on my coveralls and venture forth to follow a sample of nests, recording when nesting began and whether birds were successful

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Sights of Contestation Part I: Unconscious

by Isaac Thornley Isaac Thornley This post is the first of three in the Sights of Contestation series. Sights of Contestation explores a variety of resistances, both material and discursive, found in current pipeline debates. The authors of this series focus on different sites of contestation—Keystone XL, Line 3, and the Trans Mountain Pipeline

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Sights of Contestation Part II: Body

by Alexandra Watt Simpson Alexandra Watt Simpson This post is the second of three in the Sights of Contestation series. Sights of Contestation explores a variety of resistances, both material and discursive, found in current pipeline debates. The authors of this series focus on different sites of contestation—Keystone XL, Line 3, and the Trans

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Sights of Contestation Part III: Images

by Laurence Butet-Roch Laurence Butet-Roch This post is the third of three in the Sights of Contestation series. Sights of Contestation explores a variety of resistances, both material and discursive, found in current pipeline debates. The authors of this series focus on different sites of contestation—Keystone XL, Line 3, and the Trans Mountain Pipeline

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Plant diversity workshop and medicine plant walk provide Indigenous perspectives in planning

On Friday, May 20th 2022, Professor L. Anders Sandberg and fourth-year student Baillie Weiderick, both from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, and Brian MacLean of Lost Rivers travelled together to attend and learn from a plant diversity workshop and medicine plant walk, hosted by Indigenous

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Imagining political and economic alternatives between Canada and the Philippines

Philip Kelly In the Filipino language, ate (pronounced “ah-tay”) means big sister. It is also the acronym for a research initiative based at York known as ‘ATE’ – the Canada-Philippines Alternative Transnational Economies project. ATE was funded between 2015 and 2022 by a SSHRC Insight Grant, with Philip Kelly as

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The production of Iran as a national state spacetime: Late development and formal subsumption

Aidin Torkameh Spacetime as a social product is almost absent in Iranian social thought and politics. Environment/geography is still considered to be a mere static background. This contrasts with a dialectical conception of spacetime as simultaneously a formative product and contingent condition (and indirect producer) of social action. Conventional approaches

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Sand and stone materials mining in the Jeneberang River in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Wendy Alejandra Medina de Loera Wendy Medina (in Malino, 2019). Photo taken by Billy Ganzio Saputra. My dissertation explores the extractive industry of river sand and stone materials[1] by drawing on empirical research in the Jeneberang river in South Sulawesi province, Indonesia. In recent years real estate capital has been

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