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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 308

  • (226) 772-3121


Academic / Professional Awards

  • Merit Award: Provost & Vice-President: Academic, Laurier, 2019
  • National Finalist, Connections Impact Award, SSHRC, 2018
  • GWF, 2018, Matawa Water Futures: Developing an Indigenous-informed Framework for Watershed Monitoring and Stewardship, Principal Investigator
  • FRQSC, 2017, Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA), Co-Investigator
  • SSHRC, Insight Grant, 2015, Resource Governance and Indigenous Rights: Understanding intercultural frameworks for negotiating free prior and informed consent, Principal Investigator

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