Stewardship Speaker Series

The Stewardship Speaker Series is a joint effort between the ESRC and Niagara Parks to connect with our colleagues in the community and learn about a variety of topics together. You can watch these talks live on this page, or catch up on past talks!

Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Initiative (EESI)

The Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Initiative (EESI) is a partnership between the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock and the Niagara Parks Commission that uses the expertise and resources of both organizations to increase environmental stewardship through public events and, in the case of students, through co-op education opportunities, course work, and research.

April 22nd 2021, 7:00pm

“Land, Body, and Sovereignty: An Indigenous Perspective”


Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
Associate Professor, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University
Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, Brock University 

While not readily apparent to many, violence against Indigenous women and girls is an environmental issue. This presentation will draw on Indigenous ways of knowing and doing to demonstrate how environmental destruction is directly correlated with colonial violence against Indigenous women and girls, but also how Indigenous understandings of the connection between land, body and sovereignty hold the potential to save us all from gender-based violence and extinction-level global climate change.

Dr. Robyn Bourgeois is a mixed-race nêhiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) whose Cree family comes from communities in Treaty 8 territory (Lesser Slave Lake region). She is also connected through marriage and her three children to the Six Nations of the Grand River. Dr. Bourgeois is an associate professor in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University and is currently serving as the university’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement.

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