Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone
Director of Operations, NORDIK Institute
Adjunct Professor, School of Life Sciences and the Environment, Algoma University
Though I focus on fresh water and community-based projects, I have been able to explore a variety of subjects – e.g., renewable energy, climate change, corporate sustainability, building material (civil) life cycle analysis, sustainable development goals and social justice - to name a few. The diversity of my experiences enables me to bridge disciplines and cultures to implement highly collaborative projects that often result in long-lasting impacts. Much of my work is designed and implemented in partnership with First Nation Persons and communities, with an emphasis on developing relationships and capacities towards their leadership and self-governance, as part of my commitment to Indigenous allyship. I am a non-Indigenous woman of mixed heritage, raised in a mixed-faith household.
I live and work in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territories of Garden River First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Missanabie Cree First Nation, and many others, including our friends across the present-day Canada-US border (e.g., The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Bay Mills Indian Community).
I recognize and respect the Two-Row wampum (Gä•sweñta’), Dish with One Spoon wampum (Gdoo-naaganinaa), and other treaties.
I thank the Indigenous nations and their peoples in the Baawatigong (St. Marys River) area for their stewardship of the lands, waters, air, and everything within them, which settlers often benefited from at the expense of original peoples. I recognize the many injustices perpetuated by colonialization, which continue to impact individuals and societies across Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin (the Great Lakes region).
With these acknowledgements, I take seriously my role as an ally and I commit to pursuing efforts towards a more respectful and collaborative future for everyone.
Events and updates
It’s always an honor to have my work and research mentioned by the media and in the press. I’ve continuously received the support of the community, and want to give a little something back by sharing the stories and resources from my projects. Read on to learn more about my research and its impact.
Sault Ste. Marie officially applies to be home of the Canada Water Agency (feat. Ho-Tassone)
November 28, 2022
Mayor Shoemaker and I reiterate why the Sault is a great option for locating the new (pending) Canada Water Agency. Our proposal to the Federal government was submitted late November 2022, and we eagerly await the government's decision by early 2023. You can read more about the City's Task Force and our proposal's components here.