This July I’ll be drawing on my experiences in the territories of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation, as well as recent trips to Haida Gwaii, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, to present at the Annual International Royal Geographical Society Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland:
Surging ahead or left behind: the off-grid experiences of First Nations in Canada
“As civic systems of energy, water, transportation and communication, grids enact a hegemony of technological infrastructure, disconnection from which may occur by choice, potentially constituting a counterculture of plural alternatives–a counterculture becoming known as “off-grid”. In Canada, however, many First Nations, Inuit and Metís communities experience this disconnect for reasons of necessity and remove. These experiences of off-grid living may therefore be seen to be unique: complex and variable in both motivation and performance, and influenced by history, tradition, and geopolitical circumstance.
This thesis is part of a larger ongoing ethnographic project that uses the appeal of photographic and filmic methods to bring an exploration of these disconnects into the public sphere, in print, on screen, and in the gallery space. It draws on fieldwork in off-grid Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories to present photographs and empirical findings with the intention of enhancing the role of critical ethnography in public engagement and social mobilization.”
Please note that presentation details and content are subject to change.
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012
University of Edinburgh
July 3 – 5, 2012
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More information on the session “Indigenous Knowledges, Livelihoods, and Ethnoecology”
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