Coming from an agricultural region of southern Ontario my academic interests were originally geared towards sustainable agricultural practices and policy. A formative semester of study on Haida Gwaii and travel in the Western Highlands of Guatemala contributed to a change of course. These experiences in regions touched by forestry and mining shifted my focus towards the exceedingly complex relationships between Indigenous communities and natural resource development.
Emily graduated from the University of Guelph in 2016 where she studied Environmental Governance in the department of Geography. She was privileged to be a Chancellors Scholar and benefitted greatly from the mentorship and opportunities that this scholarship made possible throughout her undergraduate studies. She is currently pursuing an MA in geography at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Ben Bradshaw.
Emily’s research focuses on the concept of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the mining assessment and development processes in the context of the Yukon. Currently she is undertaking field work in partnership with the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation to identify how one community’s expectations of consent processes compare to available mechanisms.