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Building a research space to enhance Indigenous participation

Posted by Andrew Riley on April 15, 2022 in Research

Sherry Pictou smiles at the camera in front of a stone wall.Sherry Pictou, from the Faculties of Law and Management is among a group of Dal researchers who are receiving new infrastructure funding.

To attract the world’s best researchers, Dalhousie must provide the tools and spaces they require to meet their goals. To build labs, purchase technical equipment and acquire leading-edge soft- and hardware, the university receives substantial support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund and Research Nova Scotia, which together have contributed $3.7 million in new funding for infrastructure.

“Great researchers need great facilities. The support of our funders helps ensure we have the leading-edge research environment necessary to continue recruiting and retaining top talent from around the globe,” says Alice Aiken, Dal's vice-president research and innovation.

Building a research space to enhance Indigenous participation

Indigenized research spaces are important for research engaging with women and gender diverse persons and building linkages between Mi’kmaw and Indigenous peoples and academics, government, the community of Nova Scotia and beyond. Dr. Pictou will create the L’nuey Governance Research Centre (L’nuey – Belonging to the L’nu – the people) at Dalhousie to support her work examining a re-grounding of Indigenous women and governance based on Indigenous land-based laws and treaty relations. She will generate and apply a gender analysis from an Indigenous perspective to enhance Indigenous participation in governance and decision-making processes related to environmental and natural resource governance.