Analysing Development Compensation: How compensation agreements act to preserve Indigenous food security and traditional cultural practices
My doctoral research will focus on capabilities of development compensation and remediation to maintain indigenous food security and cultural identity, including a case study on the James Bay Cree and hydropower development in James Bay. This research will be integrative and multi-disciplinary, seeking to link the ecological economic thinking with compensation policy making, environmental impacts with food security and cultural identity, and development with community wellbeing.
Concepts identified for the first case study in Quebec include comprehensive summation of current First Nations agreements, quantification of environmental change and indigenous perspectives and experiences with this change, tracking of changes in catch per unit effort and cultural hunting traditions, and evaluating the allocation of funds towards compensation and remediation.
This project aims to co-generate knowledge with First Nations about environmental change in their territories, track changes in traditional food consumption and acquisition techniques. With this knowledge, First Nations can inform their decision making about compensation and remediation funds to protect ecosystems of interest. This project is also interested in the utilisation of novel payments for ecosystem services, particularly payments delivered as non-financial, non-cash compensation.