Dr. Altamirano-Jimenez is a joint appointed professor with Political Science and the Faculty of Native Studies. Her research interests include comparative Indigenous politics in Canada and Mexico, Indigenous land mapping, woman and globalization; and, Indigenous nationalism, women and feminism. She has her PhD from the University of Alberta.


2011 Research Cluster Grant, Cycle One

Indigenous women's knowledge and stewardship of water
This project asks, among other questions: What kinds of knowledge do Indigenous women hold about water in northern Alberta and northern Oaxaca? How are Indigenous women's knowledge and livelihood systems connected? How can dynamic and diverse values of water be incorporated within water legislation? How have both historical and contemporary strategies informed law and governance? How can this research inform policies for sharing spaces and places in North America?

To fully address these questions this interdisciplinary research team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars draws upon: 1) accountable collaboration; 2) feminist critical realism; 3) Indigenous legal feminist methodology; and 5) archival research. By comparing these two complex and socio-historical configurations, this project seeks to explore the impact of social, political, and economic factors on the disjuncture between knowledge, gender, law, and governance in two distinct regions.

This eighteen month project is innovative because it aims at creating an interdisciplinary team and international network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics and community members. This study will be of interest beyond the academic community and it grows out of the initial steps taken on water policy and the need to focus on specific regions and climate zones to integrate local understanding of water resource. Thus, the ultimate objective of this project is to advance a new water ethics that will benefit all of society.