Indigneous Feminist Animal Ethics in Science: Protocols in Relation

Like many other laboratories, CLEAR works with animals as part of our science, mainly animals hunted or fished for food. While universities have animal ethics, the values university ethics are based upon are not necessarily Indigenous or feminist values, such as equity, humility, respect, or sovereignty, nor do they overtly privilege the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and Land. There is ample scholarship on feminist animal ethics, which emphasized the care and respect of animals, and works to elevate animals out of lesser-than-humans status. At the same time, much of this feminist work focus on an animal’s right to live and not be killed. We wish to introduce Indigneous insights and knowledges into this conversation, which can help us focus on killing animals well, with respect and with humility.

While there are Traditional protocols for hunting and eating animals well, how do these values and practices translate into the scientific laboratory? This winter (2017), CLEAR will be hosting a series of conversations with the goal of developing Indigneous feminist animal protocols for science laboratories.

If you wish to be part of these conversations based on experience with animals and Indigneous and/or feminist approaches, please contact Max Liboiron, Director of CLEAR, for details ( If you are interested in hearing about or obtaining the final protocols, please leave a comment below, and we will circulate the results. They will also be posted online here.

There are scholarly sources that will be part of this conversation, including:

Todd, Z. (2014). Fish pluralities: Human-animal relations and sites of engagement in Paulatuuq, Arctic Canada. Études/Inuit/Studies, 38(1-2), 217-238.

Tuck, E., & Yang, K. W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1(1).

Nadasdy, P. (2011). We don’t harvest animals; we kill them”: agricultural metaphors and the politics of wildlife management in the Yukon. Knowing nature: Conversation at the intersection of political ecology and science studies, 137-141.


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