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Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Zoom


Roles and Responsibilities: Caring for Creation in Akwesasne
Friday, October 29 | 12:00pm 1:30pm EST
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Abraham Francis, MSc.

Abstract: This presentation is part of a body of work that seeks to establish a theory around biocultural grounded roles and responsibilities to care for all our relationships in Akwesasne, which is based on the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (Words that come before all else). The Ohenton Kariwatehkwen guides and directs the work within the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne - Environment Program, established in 1976 and born out of the concerns of Akwesasronon around environmental contamination and their impacts. This speech is given before and after all-important meetings and decisions are made, which helps keep all our relationships in mind to move forward in a good way. I am confident that if we approach caring for all our relationships from this place that better ecological and community health benefits can be achieved. The presentation will show how this work is manifested in our current work and looks toward improving this effort as we work to ensure that future generations have access to a clean environment as well as contributes to our cultural integrity and continuity.

Abraham Francis is deer clan from Akwesasne and the current Environmental Services Manager (ESM) for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne - Environment Program. He earned a BSc in Microbiology and MSc in Natural Resources from Cornell University. Previous positions held for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne included Community Health Representative, Prevention/Intervention Coordinator, Environmental Project Coordinator, and Environmental Science Officer. His research interests are at the intersection of environmental studies, Indigenous methodologies, community engagement, education, health, social services, law, and cultural foundations as a means for empowerment and healing within Indigenous communities. His current work as ESM is where he can address and promote community concerns regarding the environment and conservation from a culturally grounded place to ensure that future generations have access to a clean environment.


Rebecca Hart

Sponsor: Environmental Studies - Randolph G Pack Institute

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