Coastal Climate Justice: Reflections from the Water

Authors: Sarah Hunt*, University of Victoria, Vanessa Sloan Morgan*, University of Northern British Columbia
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: coastal justice, climate change, relationality, transformation
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 49
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What can oceans, streams, and salmon teach us about how to unsettle climate justice? How can we look to the shorelines that have long guided beings ashore to foreground coastal initiatives centred on Indigenous legal orders? In this paper, we draw from our time on the water to reflect upon these questions from our respective and embodied positions. Having long rooted our research with unceded, coastal First Nations whose lands and waters make up what is now known as Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, we look to the streams and the oceans, the shores and the cedars, as inseparable beings that demand desirous relations from one another. We paddle our way through a series of queer relationalities that guide our thinking as we question the utility of academic scholarship in enacting climate and coastal justice. In so doing, we ask ourselves and others: how can coastal justice be unsettled when oceans and those who call them home are unsettle-able?

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