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Our Story

Currently OUTSTEPS has more than 100 active members of the community platform from the United States and Canada who participate in co-creating projects, creating and attending workshops, and learning about each others work.


OUTSTEPS acknowledge that the Lower Great Lakes Region includes land territories of the Seneca Nation, Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy, covered by the dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship as well as the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua.


We utilize the OUTSTEPS network and PEOPLES to more effectively and efficiently engage holistically with stakeholders, Indigenous rights-holders and academics, and use citizen science to identify and fill data gaps, to develop the data tools necessary, and to create a theory of change upon which to ground generalizable coastline sustainability and resilience strategies. We strive to achieve these together by


1. Creating and sustaining A regional network of networks among stakeholders, Indigenous right-holders, researchers and students on the theme of tackling sustainability and resilience challenges (S&RCS).

2. Conducting novel and transformative research conducted with stakeholders, Indigenous right-holders and academics on regional-scale S&RCS undertaken using a convergent, regional, and inter-institutional approach.

3. Advancing knowledge and practices for regional performance measures and network science by a braided approach founded in western and Indigenous science as equals.

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