Congratulations to PWIAS Catalyst Collaboration Fund Awardees

Congratulations to Drs. Cash Ahenakew (EDST) and Liv Yoon (KIN) for being awarded Peter Wall Institute for Advances Studies Catalyst Collaboration Fund (Cycle 2) grants!

The PWIAS Catalyst Collaboration program is designed to support collaborative research projects, events, knowledge translation and mobilization related to the climate and nature emergency. Below is a short description of each of their projects.

Dr. Cash Ahenakew, Department of Educational Studies, CRC in Indigenous Peoples’ Well-Being

Project: Indigenous Youth Building and Exchanging Strategies for Climate Advocacy
A week-long workshop to be held at PWIAS in Spring 2023 that brings together 7 Indigenous youth from communities from North and South America to develop strategies for Indigenous-led advocacy against climate colonialism, especially for international audiences. PI Cash Ahenakew will support the young people to strategically and accountably weave impactful narratives that honour their Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies while shifting dominant responses away from false, simplistic solutions to climate change and toward responses that honour Indigenous land rights, self-determination, and the well-being of the earth.

Dr. Liv Yoon, School of Kinesiology

Project: A Community-based, Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Approach to Indoor Heat and Air Pollution
A series of 3 virtual workshops to discuss experiences, needs, and resources around the health impacts of indoor heat and air pollution threats in the Vancouver Lower Mainland area among researchers, city partners, policy makers, and marginalized residents. These workshops will subsequently inform a tailored research project to protect vulnerable citizens against negative health impacts of indoor heat and air pollution. This approach entails closely working with, and being guided by, community members directly affected by climate-related hazards.