Vanessa is working as a Research Assistant for the ReSDA project “Non-renewable resource development, homelessness & the potential for community-based housing governance and policy in the Northwest Territories, Canada.”
‘Vanessa Sloan Morgan is a graduate student in Geography through Queen’s University at Kingston, and a Research Associate at the University of Northern British Columbia. A white settler who grew up on unceded Lekwungen territories/Victoria, BC, Canada, their research and personal interests are learning how relationships to and with land can be envisioned despite settler colonial restraints. They are especially interested in how more socially and environmentally sustainable futurities can be enacted through transformative praxis. For the past seven years, Vanessa has worked with First Nations communities on Vancouver Island and in northern BC to explore how common law influences relations to land and how Indigenous self-determination is exerted despite these restrictions.Vanessa joined the Non-renewable resource development, homelessness & the potential for community-based housing governance and policy in the Northwest Territories, Canada research team as a research assistant. They will be exploring gaps in literature and policy on housing in the Northwest Territories to inform future stages of the project.