Dr. Miguel Sioui
As an Indigenous geographer and environmental management scholar deeply rooted in my Huron-Wendat traditions and community, I see my purpose as a cultural translator between two worlds–Western and Indigenous–that have historically struggled to meaningfully communicate. Indeed, for a variety of reasons, academia has traditionally been reluctant to seek to understand Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being, and to incorporate relevant Indigenous knowledge (IK) concepts into fields related to environmental management. I am keenly aware of the need for deeper reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous intellectual communities through the creation of mutually usable channels of communication and research collaboration. My current research aims to bridge Indigenous and Western academic epistemologies. I believe this harmonization process will foster the development of environmental management strategies that are more likely to promote responsible and respectful relationships with the environment over the long term.
Sioui, M. & Mcleman, R. “Asserting mino pimàdiziwin on unceded Algonquin territory: experiences of a Canadian ‘non-status’ First Nation in re-establishing its traditional land ethic,” Alternative 10(4), 2014, pp. 354-375.
Smith, J., Smith, D., & Sioui, M. “Nature, cities, Aboriginal people.” The Canadian Geographer, 60(1), pp. 3-8.