Co-Director Pan-American Indigenous Rights and Governance Network(PAIR-GN)
Wilfrid Laurier and Balsillie School of International Affairs


Areas of Expertise
Human Rights, Indigenous People, Millennium Development Goals, Mine Action, Sustainable Development

Region of Focus
Latin America and the Caribbean, North America

Terry Mitchell is an Associate Professor in the faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is Director of the Laurier Indigenous Rights and Social Justice Research Group and Co-Director of the Pan-American Indigenous Rights and Governance Network.
She earned her doctorate in Community Psychology from, OISE, University of Toronto. She has extensive experience working with Indigenous peoples in the Yukon, Atlantic Canada and Ontario. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Indigenous Studies at the Universidad de La Frontera, Chile in 2009 and is currently working on a SSHRC funded research program on Indigenous rights, free prior and informed consent, and resource governance.

Recent Publications
Articles In Press
Fry, B. & Mitchell, T. (2015). Towards Coexistence: Exploring the Differences between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Perspectives on Land, Native Studies Review.

Thomas, D., Mitchell, T., & Arseneau, C. (2015) Re-evaluating “Resilience”: From individual vulnerabilities to strengths of cultures and collectivities among Indigenous communities. Journal of Resilience: International policies, practices and discourses.3(4),5-14.

Mitchell, T. (2014). International gaze brings critical focus to questions about Indigenous rights and governance in Canada. CIGI Special Report The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights: UNDRIP in the Canadian Context, 43-47.

Mitchell, T. & McLeod, T. (2014). Aboriginal Social Policy: A critical community mental health issue. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 33(1),109-122.

Books Edited
Mitchell, T. (Ed.) (2014). The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights: Considering the Development, Adoption and Implementation of UNDRIP in the Canadian Context. Centre for International Governance Innovation Special Report. Waterloo: CIGI.

Mitchell, T. (In Press). Colonial Trauma: Political pathways to healing. In S. Jackson, S., R. Moodley, & A. Hyatt. (Eds.), Indigenous mental health and healing on Turtle Island: A multifaceted approach. New York: Routledge Press.

Recent ACUNS Activity
April 22, 2015, Presentation at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, NYC
UN Millennium goals, Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determined Development.