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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Project Descriptions

Global Youth Network

Joel will be working with Global Youth Volunteer Network, a Canadian non-profit that focuses on immersing youth in social justice issues through community exchanges. Currently, a community exchange is planned for May 2013 to an Indigenous community in Saskatchewan. The focus will be for university students to participate in on-going community initiatives as well as engage in a cultural exchange. The goal is to help mobilize Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to build stronger and healthier relationships through education and friendship in an environment that is inclusive, accepting, and engaging. Participants in this project are welcome to join! Please contact Joel at for more information.

Human Rights Initiatives

Jackson is developing a Human Rights framework which he will use in assisting in the development of a Human Rights assessment tool.  In addition, Jackson is conducting media analyses of recent key events of importance for Aboriginal Peoples across Canada including Stephen Harper's apology on June 11, 2008, and the signing of the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples on November 12, 2010, as well as media on contemporary Aboriginal issues around Human Rights and self-governance.

Internationalization of Indigenous Rights and Governance Project (IIRG)

Aim of the Project 

To establish an interdisciplinary and cross cultural research network which examines the uptake, implementation, and impact of new global governance frameworks, such as the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which are being developed for the first time in history.

IIRG will bring together the most current knowledge from leading scholars, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to share original research on Indigenous governance from multidisciplinary perspectives (poli sci, environment, history, economics, psychology, human rights, global studies, law, etc.).  The collaboration of Indigenous and non Indigenous scholars will produce a synergy of collective and comparative knowledge on Indigenous governance issues within and across  North America, South America, the Circumpolar North, and Australasia. In particular, the research network will examine:

  • Identify the extent to which Indigenous people are aware of global governance frameworks
  • How, and to what degree, the frameworks being taken up in various contexts
  • Document impact of global governance frameworks for Indigenous peoples 

Social Media

Robert is currently working on using social media to draw attention to the work of the Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group. The Facebook page for the group can be seen at On this page, Robert posts the work of his colleagues in the research group so that the general public is able to interact with the material, while also gaining awareness of issues in regards to indigenous communities.

Water Security 

Sheri will complete her PhD degree in geography (resource and environmental management) at Laurier in December 2012. In January 2013, she begins coordination activities among the research team and project collaborators, and will contribute to publication materials generated through the project. She will bring to this role her personal and professional experiences as a First Nations community member, and add to the research project an investigation of the role indigenous rights and global governance institutions play in water security for indigenous peoples.