January 5, 2023
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies awarded UBC Faculty of Education researchers—Dr. Cash Ahenakew and Dr. Liv Yoon—Catalyst Collaboration Fund (Cycle 2) grants.
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) brings together scholars from around the world to engage in research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and explores innovative ways of thinking and knowing. The PWIAS Catalyst Collaboration Fund supports collaborative research projects, events, knowledge translation and mobilization related to the climate and nature emergency.
Dr. Cash Ahenakew
Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Well-Being
Project: Indigenous Youth Building and Exchanging Strategies for Climate Advocacy
A week-long workshop to be held at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in the Spring of 2023 will bring together seven Indigenous youth from communities from North and South America to develop strategies for Indigenous-led advocacy against climate colonialism, especially for international audiences. Principle Investigator Dr. Cash Ahenakew will support the young people to strategically and accountably weave impactful narratives that honour their Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies while shifting dominant responses away from false, simplistic solutions to climate change and toward responses that honour Indigenous land rights, self-determination and the well-being of the earth.
Dr. Liv Yoon
Project: A Community-based, Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Approach to Indoor Heat and Air Pollution
A series of three virtual workshops to discuss experiences, needs and resources around the health impacts of indoor heat and air pollution threats in the Vancouver Lower Mainland area among researchers, city partners, policy makers and marginalized residents. These workshops will subsequently inform a tailored research project to protect vulnerable citizens against negative health impacts of indoor heat and air pollution. This approach entails closely working with—and being guided by—community members directly affected by climate-related hazards.