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CICADA Meetings & Conferences

The Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives, CICADA, focuses on the conceptual and practical potential of indigenous peoples’ collective life projects to generate innovative regimes of environmental protection and the alternative visions of development required to foster ecological integrity. We bring together the projects of more than sixty academic co-investigators and collaborators from numerous universities and research institutions internationally, working in partnership with more than thirty indigenous partner communities and organizations in the Americas, East Africa, Asia and Oceania. Our research program is structured by seven thematic and methodological axes: 1) life projects and ontologies; 2) customary tenures and territorial rights; 3) livelihoods and food sovereignty; 4) politics of resource extraction; 5) conservation and protected areas; 6) community mapping; and 7) visual methodologies.

Through CICADA, several allied projects and programs join forces to generate perspectives on conservation and development in indigenous contexts globally. These allied projects and programs include several large team research initiatives – INSTEAD (Indigenous Stewardship of the Environment and Alternative Development), I-CAN (International Canopy of Conservation), Arctic Domus, E4A (Economics for the Anthropocene), BESS (Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability) – as well as several independent projects.

In late February of 2015 we held a first meeting of CICADA axis leaders and directors of participating research projects. We devoted the bulk of that meeting to conceptual elaboration and integration of our Centre’s agenda and to considering how to increase synergies between thematic axes and participating projects; to communication and resources development, including plans for training and exchange among indigenous partners in community mapping and community video/photo voice methodologies; and to identifying possibilities for new grant applications to advance the work of the Centre.

We also laid plans at that February meeting for our first full conference of CICADA researchers and indigenous partner representatives that was held in late October 2015 at Le Baluchon near Saint Paulin, QC. The eco-resort—situated on traditional indigenous territory of the Atikamekw First Nation, just south of the Parc national de la Mauricie—was a stimulating setting for a dynamic conference.

Our next meeting took place August 28 – September 1, 2016 in Wendake, QC.

CICADA conferences offer simultaneous translation in English, French and Spanish.

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