Climate change, Community-based research, First Nations and Resource Management, Food security
Atlanta Grant is an Iroquois woman (she/her) with mixed Huron-Wendat and German ancestry, originally from the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Ojibwe, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. She is a present guest on the traditional territories of the xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Atlanta is a Masters candidate at the University of British Columbia in the Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. Her research focuses on Indigenous Food Systems, Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Decolonized Research Methodologies, Cultural Preservation and Cross-Cultural Collaborations.
Atlanta’s thesis focuses on Indigenous food ‘cycling’ practices, the reinstatement of Indigenous Natural Law, operating in opposition to the settler-colonial industrial food systems production of food ‘waste’. Food ‘cycling’ contains the processes of ‘intentional honor’ and ‘intentional repurpose’ that surround the consumption of animals and plants, how they inform Indigenous Law, and other Indigenous Biocultural Heritage practices and teachings.
Her professional work focuses on what safe decolonized collaborative spaces should look like within environmental movements in the climate change sector between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples. Focusing on collaboration that is rooted within Indigenous customs, protocols and traditions, in ways that avoid the over-burdening of Indigenous knowledge systems, inappropriate integrations of Indigenous Knowledge into Western systems, and the pan- Indigenizing of Indigenous voices surrounding climate movements. Atlanta can be contacted by her personal email: email@example.com or through the University of British Columbia’s Food Sovereignty Research Lab.