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Indigenous Clean Energy Sovereignty: Mapping a Way Forward with Cogenerative Journalism

Key project details

Principal investigator Aphrodite Salas, associate professor, Journalism, Concordia University

Co-principal investigators

David M. Secko, associate professor, Journalism, Concordia University; Kristy Snell, Interim Academic Leader, I3J Institute, Concordia University

Research collaborators

Ursula Eicker, Concordia University; AJ Esquega, Indigenous Clean Energy; Ian Scholten, Indigenous Clean Energy; Chris Bury, CTV News Montreal.
Non-academic partners  Indigenous Clean Energy, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek-Gull Bay First Nation, CTV News
Research Keywords Indigenous, journalism, clean energy, energy sovereignty, cogenerative journalism, reconciliation, decolonization, living lab
Budget Cash: $200,000 In-Kind: $150,000

Research focus

A detailed 3D model visualization of an urban area with various layers indicating different aspects of the built environment. The image shows a software interface with main layers and services listed on the left side, including options for 'Built Environment', 'Transport', 'Energy', 'Waste' and 'Ecosystem'.

Cogenerative journalism

This research project places a significant emphasis on the development of a model of cogenerative journalism, seeking to redefine journalistic practices within Indigenous communities. Additionally, the initiative plans to initiate research for a peer-reviewed article, contributing to the academic discourse on innovative journalism models that foster collaboration and understanding between journalists and Indigenous communities, particularly within the Canadian context.

A detailed 3D model visualization of an urban area with various layers indicating different aspects of the built environment. It features a services menu with options such as 'Building Info', 'Energy Demand' and 'Network Solution'.

Indigenous climate leadership

The research also focuses on the intersection of clean energy initiatives, collaborative journalism and Indigenous climate leadership. By exploring the potential of collaborative journalism techniques, the project aims to amplify the voices of Indigenous communities involved in clean energy initiatives. This not only contributes to the decolonization of journalism education and media but also showcases innovative solutions put forth by Indigenous climate leaders. 

Community engagement

Aiming to rectify historical biases in media representation of Indigenous communities, this research proposes a robust approach to community involvement through a new journalism model. The initiative places importance on knowledge mobilization, contributing to the larger goal of decolonizing journalism education, fostering social cohesion, and promoting economic investment within the context of climate change and net-zero energy transitions.

Non-academic partners

Thank you to our non-academic partners for your support and trust.

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