Erin Freeland Ballantyne


Erin Freeland Ballantyne is Dean of Land Based Education, Research and Innovation and Founder, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. As a PPF fellow, she brings her knowledge of Indigenous issues linked to education, Northern governance and remote communities.

She was born and raised in Sǫ̀mba K’è / Yellowknife on Akaitcho territory and was the first Rhodes Scholar from the Canadian North. A political ecologist and proud mom of three, she holds a PhD from Oxford University. Her research, Sustainability’s Paradox: Community Health, Climate Change and Petrocapitalism develops an understanding of climate change as a force of violence directly linked to petrocapitalism and colonization, and details the importance of Indigenous laws and governance steering us towards a sustainable future.

She is a hunter, berry picker and participatory video researcher. Committed to land-based education as a space for creating and imaging healthy futures that are intergenerational and accessible to all, she most recently worked at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. She was the recipient of the PPF’s Emerging Leader Award in 2014.

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