Colin H. Scott

Associate Professor,
McGill University

Leacock Building,
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
Room: 734
Tel: 514-398-4291
Fax: 514-398-7476
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Ph.D. McGill University 1983.

One of my major research interests has been the way that social metaphors of respect, reciprocity and communication among hunting, fishing and gathering peoples serve as paradigms for environmental knowledge. How do indigenous cosmologies shape and conjoin the ethical and instrumental aspects of social practice for livelihood and resource management, and how are they reciprocally shaped by this experience? A second major interest has been the land and sea tenure and resource management arrangements that are both the context for, and the product of, ecological knowledge. I have pursued these interests among coastal James Bay Cree of northern Quebec since 1976, and among Torres Strait Islanders in northern Queensland since 1996. My research in both regions tracks the evolution of indigenous land and sea rights, as state governments, metropolitan developers and indigenous peoples make competing claims for ownership and jurisdiction. I also examine the bearing of ethnological notions of cultural identity, tradition, continuity and change on the discursive restructuring of rights.

QCBS students
Camilo Gomez , Ph.D.
(Start: 2016, End: 2020)

Thesis title: The Value of the Sacred: Extraction of Natural Resources in Indigenous Territories. Culture, Spirituality, and Conflict in the Colombian Amazon
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Sarah Carmen Moritz, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012)

Thesis title: “Fish is there for our descendants!” - Intersections of Hydro-Electric Development, Interior Salish St’át’imc Subsistence Fishing and Environmental Change in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia
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Katherine Scott, Ph.D.
(Start: 2008)
Thesis title: Links to the past, paths to the future: Innovation, tradition and a Cree cultural center in Wemindji, James Bay, Québec
Katherine Sinclair, Ph.D.
(Start: 2011)
Thesis title: Photographs, Policy and People: Imagining Arctic Canada
Matthew Kristjansson, M.Sc.
(Start: 2010)
Thesis title: Mitchikanbikok'inik life Projects, Bureaucratic Power and the Colonial State
Previous students (since 2009)
Peter Rudiak-Gould, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2011, End: 2013)
Thesis title: Climate change in the southwestern Pacific and among Nordic Sami
Janelle Baker, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012, End: 2017)

Thesis title: Cree knowledge of wild food contamination in the oil sands region
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Geneviève Dionne, Ph.D.
(Start: 2003, End: 2010)
Other (co-)supervisor: John Galaty
Thesis title: How 'agency' makes a complex organisation work: a journey in everyday practices at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
Jessica Dolan, Ph.D.
(Start: 2007, End: 2013)
Other (co-)supervisor: André Costopoulos
Thesis title: Iroquoian ethnobotany at Six Nations
Eulalio Guieb, Ph.D.
(Start: 2002, End: 2009)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Monica Mulrennan
Thesis title: Local knowledge, tenure and conservation: Marine protected areas in two Bohol villages, the Philippines
Annie Lalancette, Ph.D.
(Start: 2006, End: 2016)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Monica Mulrennan
Thesis title: Reconciling Local and Scientific Fisheries Knowledge in the Context of the Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery, Torres Strait, Northern Australia
Olivier Larocque, Ph.D.
(Start: 2005, End: 2010)
Other (co-)supervisor: John Galaty
Thesis title: Western rangeland management and new alliances between ranchers and environmentalists
David Lessard, Ph.D.
(Start: 2007, End: 2013)
Thesis title: Social and Cultural Implications of the emergence of a Cree community: The Case of the First Nation of Washaw Sibi Eeyou
Paulina Lezama Nuñez, Ph.D.
(Start: 2010, End: 2011)
Other (co-)supervisor: Catherine Potvin
Thesis title: Mexican Creole livestock in indigenous social-ecological systems
Karen MacAllister, Ph.D.
(Start: 2001, End: 2005)
Other (co-)supervisor: John Galaty
Thesis title: Transforming Lao Upland communities: Shifting rights, resources and representation
Stephen Moiko, Ph.D.
(Start: 2004, End: 2010)
Other (co-)supervisor: John Galaty
Thesis title: Local Agency in Securing Land Rights, Communal Indigenous Livelihoods, and Enviromental Sustainability in East African Rangelands
Wren Nasr, Ph.D.
(Start: 2008, End: 2012)
Thesis title: Politics of protected areas in Eeyou Istchee: Protection, development, and culture on the Eastern James Bay
Annick Thomassin, Ph.D.
(Start: 2005, End: 2010)
Thesis title: Co-management of Marine Environment in Torres Strait: A Sea of Changes in Power Relationships and Management Practices? [provisory]
Magdalena Garcia Perez, M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Monica Mulrennan
Thesis title: A Comparative Exploration of Indigenous Protected Area (PA) Governance Arrangements in Chile and Canada
Daniel Ruiz-Serna, M.Sc.
(Start: 2011, End: 2013)
Thesis title: Nature and animism in the Northwest Amazon
ANTH 339 - Ecological Anthropology (Winter / Hiver)
ANTH 206 - Environment and Culture (Fall / Automne)
ANTH 436 - North American Native Peoples (Winter / Hiver)

24- The Endurance of Relational Ontology: Encounters between Eeyouch and Sport Hunters
Scott, C.
2017 Entangled Territorialities: Negotiating Indigenous Lands in Australia and Canada (Date Added: 2017-07-08)

23- The role of digital data entry in participatory environmental monitoring
Brammer, J.R., Brunet, N.D., Burton, A.C., Cuerrier, A., Danielsen, F., Dewan, K., Herrmann, T.M., Jackson, M., Kennett, R., Larocque, G., Mulrennan, M., Pratihast, A.K., Saint-Arnaud, M., Scott, C., Humphries, M.M.
2016 Conservation Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-05)

22- Ontology and Ethics in Cree Hunting: animism, totemism and practical knowledge
Scott, Colin
2013 The Handbook of Contemporary Animism (Date Added: 2016-08-16)

21- Le partage des ressources au Québec: perspectives et stratégies autochtones
Scott, Colin
2013 Les Autochtones et le Québec: Des premiers contacts au Plan Nord (Date Added: 2016-08-16)

20- Revamping community-based conservation through participatory research
Mulrennan, Monica E., Mark, Rodney, Scott, Colin H.
2012 The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien (Date Added: 2012-06-13)

19- The Politics of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Assessment: James Bay Crees and Hydro-Electric Projects
Nasr, Wren, Scott, Colin
2010 Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections. (Date Added: 2011-11-14)

18- Reconfiguring Mare Nullius: Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Sea Rights, and the Divergence of Domestic and International Norms
Scott, Colin, Mulrennan, Monica
2010 Indigenous peoples and autonomy : insights for a global age (Date Added: 2011-08-03)

17- Bear Metaphor: Spirit, Ethics and Ecology in Wemindji Cree Hunting
Scott, Colin
2007 Nature des esprits dans les cosmologies autochtones / Nature of Spirits in Aboriginal Cosmologies (Date Added: 2011-11-14)

14-Frontières et territoires: mode de tenure des terres des Cris de l’Est dans la région frontalière Québec/Ontario – II – Reconstruction et renouveau
Scott, Colin, Morrison, James
2005 Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

13- Co-management and the Politics of Aboriginal Consent to Resource Development: the Agreement Concerning a New Relationship between Le Gouvernement du Québec and the Crees of Quebec
Scott, Colin
2005 Canada: The State of the Federation, 2003 Reconfiguring Aboriginal-State Relations (Date Added: 2011-11-14)

12-Our Feet are on the Land, but our Hands are in the Sea:' Knowing and Caring for Marine Territory at Erub, Torres Strait
Scott, Colin
2004 Woven Histories, Dancing Lives: Torres Strait Islander Identity, Culture and History ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

11-Frontières et territoires : mode de tenure des terres des Cris de l’Est dans la région frontalière Québec/Ontario – I – Crise et effondrement
Scott, Colin, Morrison, James
2004 Propriété, territorialité et identité politique, special issue, Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

10- Conflicts between Cree Hunting and Sport Hunting: Co-management Decision-making at James Bay
Scott, Colin, Webber, Jeremy
2001 Aboriginal Autonomy and Development in Northern Quebec and Labrador (Date Added: 2011-11-14)

9-Aboriginal Rights and Interests in Canadian Northern Seas
Mulrennan, Monica, Scott, Colin
2001 Aboriginal Autonomy and Development in Northern Quebec and Labrador ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

8-Indigenous Rights and Control of the Sea in Torres Strait
Mulrennan, Monica, Scott, Colin
2001 Indigenous Law Bulletin 5(5) ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

7-Aboriginal autonomy and development in northern Quebec and Labrador
Scott, Colin (ed)
2001 ( Date Added: 2011-09-08)

6-Mare Nullius: Indigenous Rights in Saltwater Environments
Mulrennan, Monica, Scott, Colin
2000 Development and Change 31(3) ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

5- Mare nullius: Indigenous rights in saltwater environments
Mulrennan, M.E., Scott, C.H.
2000 Development and Change (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

4-Land and Sea Tenure at Erub, Torres Strait: Property, Sovereignty and the Adjudication of Cultural Continuity
Scott, Colin, Mulrennan, Monica
1999 Oceania ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

3-Canada Geese: Joint Management on the Mid-Atlantic Flyway
Scott, Colin, Mulrennan, Monica
1998 A Casebook of Environmental Issues in Canada ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

2-Great Whale: Lessons from a Power Struggle
Mulrennan, Monica, Scott, Colin
1998 A Casebook of Environmental Issues in Canada ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

1-Science for the West, Myth for the Rest? The Case of James Bay Cree Knowledge Construction
Scott, Colin
1996 Naked science: anthropological inquiry into boundaries, power, and knowledge ( Date Added: 2011-09-08)