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Terry Mitchell is a BSIA professor with expertise in Indigenous rights and resource governance, Indigenous-Settler relations, qualitative research, community-engaged scholarship and knowledge mobilization. Dr. Mitchell completed her doctoral degree at OISE, at the University of Toronto based on her relationship and research with two Yukon First Nation communities. She is the director of the Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance Research Group and past director of the Laurier Centre for Community Research Learning and Action. Her research focuses on colonial trauma, Indigenous rights, and the intercultural understanding and implementation of the right to Free Prior and Informed Consent in the context of colliding worldviews of territorial stewardship and extractive imperialism. Dr. Mitchell was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Indigenous Studies at the Universidad de La Frontera, in Chile and is the founding director of the Pan American Indigenous Right and Resource Governance Research Group which she co-directs with Chilean international Indigenous rights lawyer, José Alywin. Her SSHRC funded research focuses on resource governance, Indigenous rights, and the international and domestic standards of consultation and consent. See www.FPIC.info

  • Professor, School of International Policy and Governance

  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Office: BSIA 342


Academic / Professional Awards

  • Grace Anderson Fellowship, Internal Research Award, Laurier
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Doctoral Fellowship

Select Publications

  • Fry, B. & Mitchell, T. 2016. Towards Coexistence: Exploring the Differences between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Perspectives on Land, Native Studies Review. 23(1&2), 35-64.
  • Thomas, D., Mitchell, T., Arseneau, C. 2015. Re-evaluating “Resilience”: From individual vulnerabilities to strengths of cultures and collectivities among Indigenous communities. Journal of Resilience: International policies, practices and discourses. 3(3), 5-14.
  • Mitchell, T. 2014. International gaze brings critical focus to questions about Indigenous rights and governance in Canada. CIGI Special Report The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights: UNDRIP in the Canadian Context, 43-47.
  • Mitchell, T. & McLeod, T. 2014. Aboriginal Social Policy: A critical community mental health issue. 33(1)1-14.
  • Mitchell, T. & Enns, C. 2014. The UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples: Monitoring and realizing Indigenous rights in Canada. CIGI Policy Brief 39 April.
  • Mitchell, T., & Maracle, D. 2005. Healing the generations: Post-traumatic stress and the health status of the Canadian Aboriginal Population. 1(2) 14-23.

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