Environmental Science/Sustainability

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Course:            ENVS 3460.2 Indigenous Experience & Environmental Impact

Department:     Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, Saint Mary’s University.

Semester:         Winter 2021 (January 6, 2021 – April 20, 2021)

Schedule:         Online Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 2:15pm

Course Description:

Students will examine the Indigenous Experience in relation to Environmental Assessments (EA) using a case study approach. The degree to which Indigenous Peoples participate in the EA process will be discussed. The potential challenges and shortcomings of the EA process will be investigated in projects that are currently under consideration or ones that have already been approved (e.g., mines, dams for energy generation, etc.). Gaps in the current environmental legislation will be identified and explored. Course discussions will be enriched and supplemented by guest speakers representing the experiences and expertise of Indigenous Peoples.

Prerequisite information:

A minimum of 45 credit hours.


The minimum qualifications of applicants are a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science or a related field. Experience teaching at the University level, in the area of the relevant course, is essential. Established relationships with Indigenous Community Partners is necessary.


Duties and responsibilities include course preparation and online teaching, arranging for guest speakers who represent Indigenous Peoples’ experiences in environmental matters, course-related student advising, and preparation and evaluation of all student assessments


Remuneration is in accordance with the Collective Agreement between Saint Mary’s University and CUPE 3912

How to Apply:

Applications are invited in the first instance from part-time faculty colleagues on the Saint Mary’s precedence list. Applicants who currently hold a part-time teaching appointment at Saint Mary’s University should submit a cover letter and a C.V. Applicants who do not currently hold a part-time teaching appointment at Saint Mary’s University should submit a complete application (including a CV, proof of academic credentials, name and contact information of three referees, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness). Submissions are made as a single PDF file sent directly via email to: Dr. Cristian Suteanu, Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Saint Mary’s University using the address below.


Application deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.