Igniting the Sparkle: Sharing knowledge between Western and Indigenous sciences

March 9, 2016 - 2:00am

The Faculties of Science and Native Studies are pleased to announce a two-day event to showcase, explore, reinforce and expand intersections between western and Indigenous knowledge and science. Inspired by the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, this conversation will build and enhance these connections through a public talk and symposium, to explore how we can contribute to finding ways to share and respect science knowledge within and between these two cultures and worldviews.

Kicking off this event is a special keynote lecture from Gregory Cajete—Author, Educator, and Director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

To incorporate Indigenous and traditional knowledge, perspectives and experiences in western science, there is great need for new, creative approaches for teaching both the process and the content of science. Native American educator Gregory Cajete will describe a culturally relevant curriculum that accomplishes this goal, and may provide a more welcoming environment to encourage greater Indigenous participation in science and science-related careers.

Lecture will be preceded by a pipe ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and a feast at 6 p.m. All are welcome.


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CCIS 1-440
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (University of Alberta North Campus)
Edmonton , AB