In 2020 the Deep Water Initiative began designing and facilitating academic and community-based panels and conferences with our institutional partners. Recent panels include A Renewal of Genesis 1 and Decolonizing Research, Indigenous Research Methodologies in Western Academic Institutions. Conferences include Alternative Research Methodologies in Western Academic Institutions.

A RENEWAL OF GENESIS 1, September 2020


































Genesis 1 has long been a collection of biblical verses that have inspired the human imagination.  Filled with mythic imagery, and charged with cosmic language, the opening line – Bereshit bara Elohim [In the beginning of G-d’s creating] – is a statement that has invited us to question the role of our participation in the mystery of creation.  For many centuries, Genesis 1 has been regarded (by some) as a text that issues a challenge: the creation of the world was an ordered, highly structured process, and it is our responsibility to harness those imbedded truths and wield them in the implementation of our own “dominion.” Other philosophies, and theories, argue that the doctrine of creation is an invitation into a reality much less fixed – our participation with the more-than-human-world can engender a fluid and spontaneous awareness of life that enhances our cooperation with the natural world.  The purpose of this panel is to explore the various approaches, and positions, that can be considered on the thirty-one verses that have held a preeminent position in the human relationship to nature. 

The current social and political climate within the US presents students of the Western academic institution with a unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the role that research can play in decolonizing institutional paradigms. How can scholars, from all walks of life, redefine the current boundaries of our academic paradigms by applying Indigenous Research Methodologies and Indigenous Research Paradigms to their work? Furthermore, in an increasingly challenging research environment, how do scholars apply these methodologies within a theoretical and qualitative framework and maintain the integrity of relationality – a central principle to Indigenous research? In this online panel, a collaboration between DWI and the California Institute of Integral Studies, we heard from 5 Indigenous female scholars on their views of the above questions. Panelists include Dr. Dorothy Christian, Dr. Rachel Burrage, Dr. T. Noelani Perreira and Ms. Mariel Belanger.

This conference follows off the back of the above panel which took place in Fall 2020.


To attend this conference please register on our events page and further details will be sent to you during the month of April. 


Submissions for proposals are open to the CIIS community and their co-researchers. This conference welcomes CIIS students, recent alumni (graduated in the past two years), and faculty to submit proposals, projects, presentations and performances that address the following question: How are researchers, from a diversity of backgrounds, adopting Anti-racist, Decolonial, and Indigenous Research Methodologies from within Western academic institutions in increasingly challenging times? For further details about submissions visit our events page.

The Deep Water Initiative is inspired by the ecological importance of water as an all-pervasive element that sustains life on this planet.  The metaphysical importance of water as both a cleanser and regenerator has been upheld by many cultures throughout the world, and is celebrated within the creation myths of different religious and spiritual traditions.  The Deep Water Initiative has been particularly influenced by the significance of water as demonstrated within the Five Books of Moses.


*The Deep Water Initiative is classified as a private operating foundation that qualifies for tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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