Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment: A Day Long Symposium

11/23/2007 8:30 am
11/23/2007 4:00 pm

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) and The David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education, in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, the Pacific Peoples' Partnership, and the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands present

Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment A Day Long Symposium

Friday, November 23, 2007
8:30-4:00 pm
Ponderosa Centre , UBC

This full day symposium will offer perspectives on the global environmental crisis from the lens of Indigenous knowledges. The diversity and plurality of Indigenous ways of knowing (traditional, academic, scientific and activist) will be used to explore the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities, from the Cook Islands to Vancouver Island, and what constitutes Indigenous environmentalist responses at various sites and across academic disciplines (e.g. anthropology, education, health sciences). The plenary panel, “Shifting Tides: Indigenous Responses to Global Climate Change” will be composed of Indigenous individuals from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, Vancouver Island and the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands. Other panels on “Indigeneity, Environmentalism and the Disciplines” and “More Environmentalisms” (i.e. not necessarily Indigenous) will feature UBC Faculty, visiting scholars, UBC Environment Caucus and graduate student representatives. An Aboriginal scholar from Australia will draw on Australian Aboriginal communities’ experiences to provide the symposium’s concluding statement.

A light lunch will be provided.
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