Jane McMillan

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CRC of Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Communities

As a former Canada Research Chair Dr. McMillan distinguishes herself in two distinct ways: (i) through her deep ethnographic and participatory engagement in Indigenous communities, which is informing public policy and transforming understanding of sustainability through cultural knowledge, and (ii) her national and international collaborative research networks that develop research partnerships, widely disseminate research outcomes, train highly qualified personnel, and build capacity in Indigenous communities and at the university.

Dr. McMillan is a legal anthropologist who conducts and participates in innovative, primarily community-initiated research, focused on the intersections of Indigenous knowledge with community strategies for implementing treaty and Aboriginal rights. Her analytical focus delineates the processes by which Indigenous peoples translate historical and legal identities into contemporary practices. It also identifies how these processes are then legitimated, or not, within emerging economic, political and cultural institutions, as Indigenous peoples negotiate the terms of intergovernmental responsibilities, accountability and sustainability in their efforts to rupture patterns of colonial dependency.

Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Communities Collaborative Ethnographic Research Lab and Knowledge Mobilization Studio is an innovative research space that supports new approaches to research and research training, by and with Aboriginal peoples. It is the locus for innovative, community initiated, capacity building research. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation infrastructure provides the tools for enhanced recruitment and training of highly qualified personnel, resulting in extensive applied collaborative research programs ranging from Indigenous issues of family violence, through sustainable resource regulation, to governance. Outcomes are disseminated locally, nationally and internationally through presentations, conferences, policy reports and publications.


The video below "Seeking Reconciliation," is a research film done by St. Francis Xavier University Students Cecelia Scoles and Devann Sylvester - 2016.



Below is part one of the visual ethnography series, Seeking Netukulimk: Mi'kmaq Knowledge, Culture, Capacity, and Empowerment.