Sue is an Anishinabe qwe born and raised in Garden River First Nation. She has worked extensively with First Nation communities for the last 26 years in environmental related fields. Sue has her Bachelors of Science degree with her major focusing on biology and a minor in chemistry and her Masters degree in Environment and Management.
Sue worked with the Chiefs of Ontario as the Environmental Coordinator planning, coordinating, implementing and facilitating the activities of the Environment Unit. Her work included providing environmental information to the First Nation leaders in Ontario and their communities on environmental initiatives such the waters, forestry, environmental assessments, contaminants, energy and species at risk. She was involved in negotiating with governments and regularly provided policy analysis on government bills and coordinated the development of the First Nations Environmental Assessment Toolkit for Ontario where she co-authored section three Traditional Knowledge and Environmental Assessments. Sue has worked with First Nations on re-establishing their laws for governance and environmental decision making processes.
Sue continues to work with First Nation communities and Elders on environmental projects including land code development, watershed planning, source water protection, Anishinabek law development, and environmental management planning. She also advises on building sustainable homes with an exceptional R-value to cut high energy costs for First Nations to deal with high hydro costs. Sue has facilitated and co-facilitated several workshops and meetings including Chief and Council retreats, Chiefs of Ontario water initiatives, nuclear issues workshops, Elders workshops and Northern Ontario Medical School’s Indigenous Research Gathering.
Sue is a Community Scholar with McGill University, York University and the University of Vermont for the Economics for the Anthropocene Partnership. She is a board member of the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre, the Species at Risk Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee and the First Nations Environmental Health Innovative Network. She has been on numerous committees for the Assembly of First Nations and for the Union of Ontario Indians Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council (A/ORMC).
Professor Deborah McGregor joined the Osgoode Hall Law School faculty in 2015 as a cross-appointee with York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Professor McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age with Mario Blaser, Ravi De Costa and William Coleman (2010). She is co-editor (with Alan Corbiere, Mary Ann Corbiere and Crystal Migwans) of theAnishinaabewin conference proceedings series.
She recently completed a SSHRC-funded research project, “Traditional Knowledge, Water and First Nations in Ontario,” and is currently involved in three more: “Indigenous Knowledge Transfer in Urban Aboriginal Communities” with Professor Kim Anderson (Wilfred Laurier University); “Maple Syrup, Climate Change and Resilience: A Longitudinal Study” with Professor Brenda Murphy ( Wilfred Laurier University); and “Exploring Distinct Indigenous Knowledge Systems to Inform Fisheries Governance and Management on Canada’s Coasts” with Professor Lucia Fanning (Dalhousie University).
Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor McGregor was an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto and served as Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives/Aboriginal Studies program. She also served as Senior Policy Advisor, Aboriginal Relations at Environment Canada-Ontario Region. In addition to such posts, Professor McGregor remains actively involved in a variety of Indigenous communities, serving as an advisor and continuing to engage in community-based research.