• Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network whose goal is to ensure Indigenous presence in the web pages, online environments, video games, and virtual worlds that comprise cyberspace.

     

    Dechinta is a partner, with our faculty Dr. Freeland as part of the team of co-investigators on the 7-year 2.4M SSHRC Partnership Grant, Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

     

    The Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) is a partnership of universities and community organizations dedicated to developing multiple visions of Indigenous peoples tomorrow in order to better understand where we need to go today.

     

    Through its four main components –workshops, residencies, symposia, and archive– IIF will encourage and enable artists, academics, youth and elders to imagine how we and our communities will look in the future. IIF is conducted by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network based at Concordia University. 

     

    Dechinta has hosted workshops with our IIF partners, integrating the work on Indigenous artists, coders and designers into our curriculum, and connecting emerging northern scholars with research, residency and workshop opportunities in this exciting research grant. 
    Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law is a 2.4 M,7-year SSHRC Partnerships Grant.

     

    Our research team members share a collective commitment to protecting our waters, sharing our experiences, and deepening our alliances. In Fall 2017, Dechinta hosted a Water Bush Camp with our research partners, Indigenous leaders and scientists, exploring the shared values, projects and results of our ongoing work.

     

    Our SHARED CONCERN:

     

    There is an urgent need to improve water governance in the North, which is a critical issue for many reasons:

     

    • the increase of pressures on water resources in the context of climate change;
    • the lack of robust water data;
    • multiple water intensive energy industries; and
    • controversy over the transparency and public accountability of regulation.
    Our GOAL:

     

    Our long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining water and ecological monitoring program that will enhance protection of water resources and fulfill the promise of Indigenous water governance.
    Our METHODS:

     

    We engage in interdisciplinary, and Indigenous-led co-research on water, including its ecological, socio-economic, cultural, and spiritual dimensions.

     

    Our project team is committed to reciprocally enabling, respectful Community-Based Research and observes OCAP(Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) protocols.