A Shared Future

In 2017, Ron Glass began serving on the International Advisory Committee for a five-year $2M (CAN) Canada-wide coalitional project, “A SHARED FUTURE: Achieving Strength, Health, and Autonomy through Renewable Energy Development for the Future.” Funded by the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through its Indigenous Ways of Knowing/Traditional Environmental Knowledge/Two-Eyed Seeing Stream, this collaborative project brings together over 60 Aboriginal community leaders and partner academics to research how renewable energy development is functioning as a core aspect of reconciliation decision-making and implementation in Aboriginal communities.

The foundation of ‘A SHARED Future’ is reconciliation between Indigenous and Settler knowledge systems using renewable energy as a platform for this process. The project brings together Indigenous and Settler governments, organizations, industries, advocates, and scholars whose work supports Indigenous strength, health, and autonomy through renewable energy development.

The inaugural team meeting was held at T'Sou-ke Nation in March, 2017, launching the 5-year research program.

Ron Glass co-facilitated the 2018 Summer Institute with Heather Castleden of Queen's University, Diana Lewis of Queen's University, and Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill of the Kitigan Zibi (pictured left). The Institute was held on the unceded territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples: Tobique First Nation.

The Ethics Project Team (Ron Glass, Natalie JK Baloy, and Sheeva Sabati) will continue to provide on-site ethics workshops for the Field Schools being developed by A SHARED FUTURE for its multi-site research teams, and they will also continue to consult with A SHARED FUTURE’s leadership on critical approaches to justice-driven collaborative research and to the use of digital media in this research.