Gendered Impacts

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The goal of this project is to support hydro-affected Indigenous communities to work towards a better future in which hydro does less harm and community members have greater well-being, more opportunities, and better lives overall. The project was developed and designed by researchers Ramona Neckoway and Jarvis Brownlie in collaboration with a Steering Committee of hydro-affected community members. The Steering Committee has direct control and input; its members helped develop the ideas, approved the initial plans, and will continue to guide the project throughout its lifetime. We are bringing community members together for discussions and actions that will contribute to healing past harms and ensuring a better future.

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Check out our presentation, Hydro-impacted Cree Women Protecting Earth and Water

Cree women in Manitoba, Canada, have lived through severe economic, cultural, health, and community impacts from hydro dams in their territories. Speaking to current environmental and socioeconomic issues, and seeking to discuss ideas for mobilization and actions with participants from elsewhere, community delegates will discuss ways to increase wellbeing in their communities and territories today.

Gendered Impacts

By “gendered impacts” we mean essentially two things: first, that the experiences of women, two-spirit people, and gender-diverse people have received less attention and deserve to be expressed; and second, that hydro impacts vary to some extent according to people’s gender, so our research will identify and discuss those differences. In other words, while this project’s focus will be primarily on the experiences of women, two-spirit people, and gender-diverse people, we do not mean to exclude men and boys from the project entirely.


Project Components include:

  • Creative Retreats with community members to share stories of their own experience with hydropower and talk about visions for the future
  • Trips to the United Nations to seek international support and spread awareness
  • Communications Support expressing ideas community members want to make public
  • Final Conference to bring together community members and researchers to discuss what happened during the initial five-year project and consider further work to be done