1st Edition

Northern Indigenous Community-Led Disaster Management and Sustainable Energy

    122 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines how current energy and water management processes affect Indigenous communities in North America, with a specific focus on Canada.

    Currently, there is no known Indigenous community-led strategic environmental assessment (ICSEA) tool for developing community-led solutions for pipeline leak management and energy resiliency. To fill this lacuna, this book draws on expertise from Indigenous Elders, Knowledge-keepers, and leaders representing communities who are highly affected by pipeline leaks. These accounts highlight the importance of providing Indigenous communities with technical information and advice, allowing them to practise community-led disaster management, and giving them direct access to lawyers and decision-makers. If implemented into current policy and practice, these tools would succeed in helping rural Indigenous communities make strategic choices for sustainable energy management and utilize their lands, traditional territories, and natural resources to develop a robust, sustainable energy future.

    Prioritizing Indigenous perspectives on energy management and governance, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and practitioners working in the fields of energy policy and justice, environmental sociology, and Indigenous studies.

    1. Introduction 2. Energy Management and its Impacts on Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta: A Scoping Review  3. Decolonizing Meanings of Impact 4. Human-Created Disaster 5. Community Perspectives on Challenges  6. Community Perspectives on Community-based Consultancy  7. Traditional Healing 8. Communities’ Visions/ Perspectives on Policy Recommendations 9. Leading Change 10. Conclusion References Index


    Ranjan Datta is Canada Research Chair II in Community Disaster Research at Indigenous Studies, Department of Humanities, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ranjan’s research interests include advocating for Indigenous environmental sustainability, Indigenous water and energy justice, critical anti-racist climate change resilience, land-based education, and cross-cultural community research.

    Margot Hurlbert is Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in the University of Regina, Canada. Margot’s scholarship concerns climate change, energy, Indigenous peoples, water, droughts, floods, water governance, and sustainability and is an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author.

    William Marion is a Cree First Nation Knowledge-keeper from James Smith Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been serving as the President of the First Nation Water and Infrastructure Management.