My current areas of research include Indigenous feminism, rights, Indigenous self-determination, governance and political economy especially in the Arctic regions.
I am currently writing up the findings from my SSHRC funded research project titled “Gendering Self-Determination: Comparing Indigenous Women in Canada, Greenland and the Nordic Countries” (2011-2015). This project examines Indigenous self-determination and the gendered processes of self-government through discourse analysis and extensive field work in the three regions. In addition to studying how Indigenous governance institutions are gendered, the project investigates how violence against Indigenous women is a self-determination and governance issue.
I am also a co-investigator in an on-going research project “Gender relations and gender-based analysis at the resource development/traditional economy interface,” funded by the SSHRC’s Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic sub-grant. Under the principal investigator Dr. Emily Cameron, the purpose of this project is to: a) determine how existing institutions and policies with involvement in northern resource extraction are gendered; b) understand how changing employment patterns influence gender relations, particularly as understood by northern Indigenous women; and c) help develop relevant gender-based analysis materials and tools for use in northern communities.