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Ethical Space

Ethical Space

The concept of “Ethical Space” was initially introduced by Dr. Willie Ermine, described as a theoretical space between thought worlds, often applied in the context of Indigenous and Western ways of knowing, that reflects a space where the uniqueness and diversity of each lens is respected and the strengths of each are elevated. Ethical Space acknowledges the existence of bias, injustice, and conflict, but aims to create a space that is, instead, grounded in shared values such as respect, trust, humility, and responsibility. For Ethical Space to be achieved, all parties have to be equally willing to respect each other, restore power balance, and resolve conflict; as such, this is a fundamental starting point to weaving knowledge systems and decolonizing current environmental practices.

Additional Resources:

The Ethical Space of Engagement

Ermine, W. (2007). The Ethical Space of Engagement. Indigenous Law Journal, 6, 193-203.

“Voices of understanding”

“Voices of understanding” report related to Ethical Space

What is Ethical Space?

Video: What is Ethical Space with Dr Reg Crowshoe, Danika Littlechild and Eli Enns 

Ethical Space in Action

Video: Ethical Space in Action with Willie Ermine 

Enacting Ethical Space in Knowledge Sharing

Video: Enacting Ethical Space in Knowledge Sharing with Elder Dr. Dave Courchene Jr., Elder Ira Provost, Elder Elmer Ghostkeeper, and Indigenous scholar Dr. Vicki Kelly, moderated by Indigenous lawyer Danika Littlechild


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