Growing up in Six Nations I was brought up traditional, as Haudenausaunee (Iroquois) in the longhouse, but I turned my back on it. My education was in western science; I thought science was the answer, the way to truth and enlightenment.
Until, as an engineer, I witnessed a mountain destroyed for copper. But I didn’t just witness that mountain’s destruction, I was part of it. I was a part of the team that “risked away” environmental contamination. My engineering knowledge was used to make pollution “disappear” without actually doing anything about it.
I became disillusioned. Then I realized that science was not the problem, rather it’s the mindset that guides it. I had to accept my truth, that I have an indigenous mind.
For years I rejected science. But now I embrace my indigenous mind and use the tools of engineering and science to bridge world views and find balanced solutions. I believe that at this point in history all of mankind needs to face its truth; it’s time to reset our relationship with the earth and seek balance not dominance. That it’s time for the indigenous mind to guide the hand of science.
Environmental Services We Provide
- Field monitoring training.
- Designing a monitoring and reporting program that meets the needs of the indigenous community and environmental regulatory requirements.
- Environmental site assessments – Similar to having a home inspection completed before closing on a residential property, an environmental site assessment is generally completed on a commercial property. It is regulated process that investigates the property to determine potential environmental contaminants that may be located on the land. We guide clients through the process, identify potential concerns and provide a thorough report.
- Help companies work with First Nations to develop positive relationships and pathways to move forward together.
- Cultural awareness training.
- Help First Nations set up their environmental protocols – For example, if you want to protect your medicines, which may be seen as weeds to others, or your family’s rice beds, how do you protect them?
- Help First Nations interpret engineering or scientific reports.
I look forward to working with you,
Drew Hill, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Toll Free: 1 (866) 727-9677