Environmental Leadership in Canada: Indigenous Lessons on Mixing Oil Pipelines and Water (B3)

Panel - 1:30PM to 2:45PM October 6, 2017 - Galiano

Situated in the field of environmental communication, this research explores how Indigenous Ways of Knowing can encourage, identify and represent Canada as a policy leader in sustainable resource development on the evolving global stage, particularly concerning the use of oil pipelines and the protection of coastal waters. Our case study is rooted in the ongoing conflict over oil pipelines and the protection of Canada's coastal waters in BC, accented by Canadians' identified need to reconcile with Indigenous peoples. This conflict is epitomized in the federal government's recent, conditional approval of the proposed major expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline to carry bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby port for export to Pacific- Rim markets. Based on an assessment of current work in the foregoing fields and a systematic literature review regarding the case study, this work aims to identify how the Academy and our public, private, and non-profit sectors can bridge Indigenous and Western ways of knowing and communicating on ecological concerns, and apply best practices suggested by scholarly literature and popular media to help Canada position itself as a leader in developing natural resources sustainably.