Acimotan: Storying the Gendered Impacts of Hydro

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.

In April 2023 we were in New York City attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
 See our coverage here

Our team presented at the American Indian House on April 20th, 2023.
You can view the full presentation and discussion here:

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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.

Creative Retreats
This project is centred around annual creative retreats withcommunity members to share stories of their own experience with hydropower and talk about visions for the future. These land-based retreats focus on providing creative communications support in a safe, restorative setting, so that community members can find ways to express ideas they want to make public. 
If you have a story to tell and are interested in participating in a creative retreat, please contact and put ‘Creative Retreat’ in the subject line.