Compassion and a strong moral compass is essential to every democratic society.
Compassion and a strong moral compass are essential to a democratic society. SDG 16 promotes commitments to peace, global justice, and strong and inclusive institutions. EUC researchers are dedicated to building more inclusive and peaceful societies for sustainable development in Canada and around the world through their anti-violence and environmental injustice work.
Achieving Indigenous environmental justice
Indigenous peoples continue to face injustices in Canada. Deborah McGregor’s collaborative project Indigenous People and Environmental (In)Justice is addressing key environmental issues of concern to Indigenous peoples in Canada. The project offers support to communities currently fighting environmental injustice, provides resources to teachers and schools interested in educating students about environmental justice, and creates a place for inclusive dialogue on how to move toward universal wellbeing.
Institutions, conflict, and water
Inclusive and just institutions can transform local and international experiences. Carlota McAllister’s recent research examines what happens when institutions lack transparency and interest in the common good. Her case study consists of a dam conflict between energy corporations and conservationists in the remote Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia. This research shows how private property can affect collective responses and informs the building of more accountable and participatory institutions.
Gender-based violence and reproductive justice
Ending violence and abuse is foundational to a peaceful society. Sarah Flicker’s research employs community-based participatory methodologies with an interest in youth gender-based violence and reproductive justice. Flicker’s research spans continents, with publications discussing these issues in both South Africa, as well as Indigenous and marginalized communities within Canada. Flicker’s research is addressing the pervasive issue of violence and promoting a more universally peaceful world.
Investigating unequal geographies of land, resources, and infrastructure
Patricia Wood has dedicated her research career to building more inclusive and peaceful societies for sustainable development in Canada and around the world through good governance, peace and justice-based initiatives. She is particularly interested in the experiences of marginalized groups whose way of life brings them into conflict either with their neighbouring communities or the state. In particular, her work investigating Indigenous-settler legal relationships with the land demonstrates the necessity to confront history to shape better futures.
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