Unsettling Conservation Through Engagement with the Arts

Confronting Canada's conservation history and its influence on our collective present is the first step away from colonial conservation modes and towards models rooted in Indigenous governance, knowledge systems, and law. One model First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples are adopting is the establishment of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA). Knowledge mobilization is key to galvanizing public awareness and appreciation of the work of IPCAs. Artistic production has the potential to enact a crucial objective of the CRP: addressing diverse audiences that may not be aware of the contested history of protected areas, the transformation of state-led conservation, and the ongoing establishment of IPCAs. The Unsettling Conservation Through Engagement with the Arts project aims to achieve this by first facilitating research-creation residencies in partnership with Indigenous and state-led conservation areas. Second, to curate in-person and online experiences in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Guelph that explore the abovementioned them

Michelle Wilson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Robin Roth
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