Exploring Social Innovation as a Contributor to Social-Ecological Resilience and Sustainability in Environmental Management

This research is being conducted by a team led by Drs. Frances Westley, Dan McCarthy and Bob Gibson at the University of Waterloo and Dr. Graham Whitelaw at Queen's University in partnership with representatives from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). This collaborative research project is intended to explore the opportunities for, and barriers to, continuous learning and innovation in environmental management in response to a growing body of evidence of continuing deterioration of the natural environment of the Toronto Region. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  

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Anishanaabe Maamwaye Aki Kiigayewin: Fostering Innovations in Intercultural, Corporate-Indigenous Relations and Mine Restoration 

This Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded project is a partnership between the University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, GoldCorp and the Anishanaabe Maamwaye Aki Kiigayewin (AMAK) group of Indigenous Elders.  This research partnership is intended to help support the development of the AMAK Institute - AMAK Institute is an emerging social innovation that is redefining mining reclamation by moving knowledge and cross-cultural understanding forward using a holistic, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approach to ensure a healthy human-environment system for future generations. This integrated approach represents a unique opportunity for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and the mining sector through a long-term process of transferring and preserving Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Practices for future generations. AMAK’s goal is to improve the health and wellness of individuals, communities, cross-cultural understandings and most of all land by fostering mutually-beneficial and respectful relationships and knowledge exchange between the mining industry and Indigenous Peoples.

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