Lewis Williams

Associate Professor
Cross Appointed with Indigenous Studies

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Contact Information

Office: Room 3210, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 88570
E-mail: lewis.williams@uwo.ca 

Personal website: http://kalewiswilliams.com/ 

Research Areas

Critical cultural geographies; social-ecological resilience; Indigenous knowledge and innovation; Indigenous and traditional systems of healing, Indigenous Education and Transformative Learning, Indigenous feminisms and queer theory.

Research Interests

I am an interdisciplinary, Indigenous, feminist scholar-practitioner. I am the Founding Director of the Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience a Canadian based international not for profit. My scholarship and practice centre on Indigenous resurgence and reconciliation as a key means of addressing Indigenous disparities and human-planetary wellbeing.

Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience: https://intergenresil.com/

Ko Mataatua te waka, Ko Ngai Te Rangi te iwi, Ko Mauao te manunga 
Mataatua is the canoe, Ngai Te Rangi are the people, Mauao is the mountain.


GEO 9998 - Debates in Geographic Thought
IS 2218G - Contemporary Indigenous Issues in Canada
IS 3140G - Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions
IS 4140G - Indigenous Research and Methodologies

Documentary Films

Williams, L. and Alphonse, D. (2022). Climate Crisis and Multi-generational Resilience. A Wisdom Council between Indigenous Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Youth from Turtle Island / Canada and Alba/Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lR6GIdKoqU

Williams, L. And Alphonse, D. (2021). The Language of the Land. A Wisdom Council between Indigenous Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Youth from Turtle Island / Canada and Aotearoa / New Zealand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8ZoRZMU9XM

Williams, L. et al (2017). Intergenerational Resilience. Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY8RK_6hoCQ

Williams, L. et al (2014). The Radical Human Ecology Dialogues. Koru International Network. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuK7PR8IKpA&t=174s


Refereed Journals

Lewis, D, Williams, L., and Jones, R. (2020). A radical revision of the public health response to environmental crisis in a warming world: Contributions of Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous feminist perspectives. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 111, 897-900.

Williams, L. (2019). Lessons from Aotearoa’s Pōhutukawa in the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. A sustainability education journey. Journal of Sustainability Education.

Williams, L. (2019). Untreated severe to profound hearing loss and the cochlear implant situation: How policy and practice is disabling New Zealand society. New Zealand Medical Journal, Vol. 132, No 1505.

Williams, L. (2019). Re-shaping colonial subjectivities through the language of the land. Ecopsychology, 11(3), https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2018.0077. 

Williams, L. (2018). Transformative sustainability education and empowerment practice on Indigenous Lands: Part One. Journal of Transformative Education, 16(4), 344-364. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541344618789363.

Williams, L. (2018). Climate change, colonialism and women’s wellbeing in Canada. What is to be done? Canadian Journal of Public Health, https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-018-0031-z.

MacKinnon, I., Williams, L. and Waller, A. (2018). The re-indigenization of humanity to Mother Earth: a learning platform for cultivating social-ecological resilience to challenge the Anthropocene. Journal of Sustainability Education, http://www.susted.com/wordpress/content/the-re-indigenization-of-humanity-to-mother-earth-a-learning-platform-to-cultivate-social-ecological-resilience-and-challenge-the-anthropocene_2018_01.

Williams, L., Bunda, T., Claxton, N. and MacKinnon, I.  (2017). A Global De-colonial Praxis of Sustainability – Undoing Epistemic Violences between Indigenous Peoples and those no longer Indigenous to Place.  Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Special Issue on South-South Dialogues: Global Approaches to De-colonial Pedagogies, https://doi.org/10.1017/jie.2017.25.

Williams, L. and Claxton, N. (2017). Re-cultivating Intergenerational Resilience: Possibilities for Scaling DEEP through Disruptive Pedagogies of Decolonization and Reconciliation. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education: Special Issue on Activism and Environmental Education, 22, 60-81. https://cjee.lakeheadu.ca/article/view/1534/870.

Williams, L. (2017). Empowerment and the ecological determinants of health: Three critical capacities for practitioners. Health Promotion International, 32(4), 711-722 DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daw011. 


Williams, L. (2022). Indigenous Intergenerational Resilience: Confronting cultural and ecological crisis. Indigenous Peoples and Policy Series, Routledge, U.K.

Williams, L., Roberts, R. and McIntosh, A. (2016). Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches. Routledge: U.K. (432 pages). ISBN 978-0-7546-7768-0.

Williams, L, Cervin C. (2004) Contemporary approaches to participatory action research in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Social and Cultural Studies, No 4, July 2004. Massey University.

Chapters in Books

Williams, L. (2022). Indigenous-led Intergenerational resilience: the work of the “now”. In Williams, L (2022). Indigenous intergenerational resilience: Confronting cultural and ecological crisis. Chapter One. Indigenous Peoples and Policy Series, Routledge, U.K.

Williams, L. (2022). The cultural and generational dimensions of climate and ecological crisis. In Williams, L. (2022). Indigenous Intergenerational Resilience: Confronting cultural and ecological crisis. Chapter Two. Indigenous Peoples and Policy Series, Routledge, U.K.

Williams, L. (2022). Ngā pūrākau o tūrangawaewae – stories of finding places where we are powerful. Chapter Five. Indigenous Peoples and Policy Series, Routledge, U.K.

Meadows, L.  and Williams, L. (2021). Developing Individual Skills: Building Capacity for Individual, Collective and Socio-political Empowerment. In Canadian Community as Partner: Theory and Multi-disciplinary Practice. Vollman, A., Anderson, E., and McFarlane J. (eds), 5th edition, forthcoming. London: Lipincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Williams, L. (2018). Empowerment and social-ecological resilience in the Anthropocene. In Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities. Stewart-Harawira, M. and Kinder, J. (eds). Intersections of Sustainability. Alberta: University of Alberta.