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11/14/23: Valoree Gagnon

November 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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12:00-1:00 pm EDT
Location: 440 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, Dana Building, room #1046 and Virtual

Presenter: Valoree S. Gagnon – Assistant Professor, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; Director, University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center; Michigan Technological University
Bridging Western and Indigenous knowledges through University-Indigenous Community research partnerships: Sharing guidance from the “Seasons of Research” Framework

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Links of Interest: Bridging Knowledge Systems – Sharing ResourcesBridging Knowledge Systems and Expertise for Understanding the Dynamics of a Contaminated Tribal Landscape System (TLS)

About the presentation: This seminar provides guidance on creating and navigating the pathway to equitable, inclusive research partnerships. What is considered to be ‘normal’ research is in the midst of transformation as participatory, community-engaged research is no longer the exception but the expectation. With the realization that a diversity of stakeholders, rights holders, and research sponsors require more than can be accomplished by the solo investigator, how might one engage in this work in a good way? In this talk, I begin by explaining the term ‘bridging’ as an adaptable/adoptable concept and practice between Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. Then, following a brief description of my research foundations in fish, risk, and health, I outline our current research landscape with/by/as the Anishinaabe Ojibwa. As an example, I emphasize one project in particular that relies on guidance provided by the “Seasons of Research” framework, created in partnership with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Lake Superior Band of Ojibwa. In this socio-ecological systems research project (NSF AWARD #2009258), we are examining tribal landscape system (TLS) dynamics impacted by anthropogenic toxic contamination and climate-related changes. I conclude by proposing future directions and good relations for strengthening research partnerships as a shared priority commitment.

About the speaker: Valoree S. Gagnon (she/her/kith/kin; Korean, British/Irish/Scottish) serves as an Assistant Professor in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and the Director for University-Indigenous Community Partnerships at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University. Gagnon’s interdisciplinary expertise in environmental policy, food sovereignty and community-engaged research focuses on human dimensions of natural resources and the socio-cultural impacts of legacy toxic compounds, particularly on fishing communities. Her research, teaching, and service center on elevating Indigenous peoples and knowledge, facilitating equitable research practice and design, and guiding partnerships that prioritize the protection and restoration of land and life in the Great Lakes region.

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ogdahlm@umich.edu; visit ciglr.seas.umich.edu for more information.


November 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
4840 S State Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States