As an Indigenous geographer and environmental management scholar deeply rooted in my Huron-Wendat traditions and community, I see my purpose as a cultural translator between two worlds – Western and Indigenous – that have historically struggled to meaningfully communicate. Indeed, for a variety of reasons, academia has traditionally been reluctant to seek to understand Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being, and to incorporate relevant Indigenous knowledge (IK) concepts into fields related to environmental management. I am keenly aware of the need for deeper reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous intellectual communities through the creation of mutually usable channels of communication and research collaboration.
My current research aims to bridge Indigenous and Western academic epistemologies. I believe this harmonization process will foster the development of environmental management strategies that are more likely to promote responsible and respectful relationships with the environment over the long term. It is my hope that this effort will help the Canadian and global societies to deal more effectively with increasingly complex local, regional, and global environmental management challenges.
Sioui, M. (2021). Indigenous Geographies in the Yucatan: Learning from the Responsibility-Based Maya Environmental Ethos. Cham: Springer.
Sioui, M. (Ed.). (2022). Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Sioui, M. (2018). Learning to be part of the land: Experiences of a Canadian Indigenous researcher doing research in a Yucatec Maya community. Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 38(2), 125-144.
Smith, J., Smith, D., & Sioui, M. (2016). Nature, cities, people: an exploration of Aboriginal perspectives, The Canadian Geographer, 60(1), 3-8.
Sioui, M., & McLeman, R. (2014). Asserting mino pimàdiziwin on unceded Algonquin territory: Experiences of a Canadian ‘non-status’ First Nation in re-establishing its traditional land ethic, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 10(4), 354-375.
Sioui, M. (forthcoming, 2024). Indigenous Knowledge and the Way Forward. In D. VanNijnatten (Ed.) Canadian Politics and Policy (5th Ed.). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
VanNijnatten D., Krawchenko, T., Shaw, K., Atleo, C., Gordan, M. Sioui, M., Bird, S., Olive, A., Colbert, B., Kurucz, E., Scott, D., Swerdfager, T., Boyd, B., Tozer, L., McWhinney, M., Norton, S., Polzer, G., Noble, B., Ahmad, F.,…Teitelbaum, S. (forthcoming, 2024). Conclusions: Energizing Canada’s Green Transition at Ground Level. In D. VanNijnatten (Ed.), Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy (5th Ed.). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Sioui, M. (2022). Introduction: The Need for Indigenous Knowledge-Based Environmental Policy in a Changing World. In M. Sioui (Ed.) Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World (pp. 1-11). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Sioui, M. (2022). Lessons Learned and Concluding Reflections on Indigenous Relationships with Water and our Eatenonha (Earth Mother). In M. Sioui (Ed.) Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World (pp. 325-336). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Smith, D., & Sioui, M. (2022). The Evolving Relationship between Maya Communities and Subterranean Waters in the Yucatan Peninsula. In M. Sioui (Ed.) Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World (pp. 109-115). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Quinton, W., Pearson, R., & Sioui, M. (2022). Indigenous Community Engagement at Scotty Creek, Northwest Territories, Canada: Experiences and Lessons learned. In M. Sioui (Ed.) Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World (pp. 309-323). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Sioui, M. (2019). Drought in the Yucatan: Maya Perspectives on Tradition, Change, and Adaptation. In Mapedza et al. (Eds.) Drought Preparedness and Livelihood Implications in Developing Countries (pp. 67-75). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Sioui, M. (2022). Box 14.1: Integrating Indigenous Responsibility-Based Thinking into Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies (Chapter 14: North America). United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) – Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation, Vulnerability.
Whyte, K., Cooley, N., Chase, M., Cozzetto, K., Sambo Dorough, D., McGregor, D., Marks- Marino, D., Salas, S., & Sioui, M. (2022). 14.4: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change (Chapter 14: North America). United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) – Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation, Vulnerability.
ES371 - Indigenous Environmental Knowledge
GESC290 - Environmental Concepts and Approaches
GG668 - Indigenous Environmental Management Perspectives
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