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INDIGENOUS / SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS: EXPLORING HISTORIES and Environments

A Green College 2019-2020 Cross-Sectoral Series

As university-based researchers, we must find ways to move beyond the acknowledgment of historical and ongoing injustice in the treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We aspire to equitable, respectful and transparent partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and, in the context of such partnerships, offer our research capacities in support of Indigenous-defined and led initiatives. These commitments were the catalyst for forming the Indigenous/Science Research Excellence Cluster at UBC—a collective of archaeologists, natural and materials scientists, and philosophers and social scientists who study science practice. With this seminar series our aim is to showcase emerging projects and deepen our exploration of foundational questions about how, through community-engaged work, we can best take up the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

All talks were hosted at Green College in the Coach House until March 2020. Talks postponed to 2021 are being held via Zoom.
Everyone is welcome!

Series co-convened by Alison Wylie and Eric Simons

Video recordings

RESCHEDULED: Friday, January 15 at 3pm (PST) via Zoom

We are working on ways to present last year's postponed talks. We are pleased to announce a rescheduled date for:

 “Where Did Our Belongings Come From? Identifying long-distance transport of obsidian across in the ancient pacific northwest based on Indigenous-led research initiatives
Rhy McMillan and Dominique Weis, (Earth, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC), Aviva Rathbone and Jason Woolman (Musqueam)

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Term 2 | Winter 2020

5 February 2020: "(Re)conciliation: Transformative Justice in the Ideal, in Practice, in Comparative Perspective
Glen Coulthard, Critical Indigenous Studies, UBC; Lucy Allais, Philosophy, UC-San Diego and University of Witswatersrand; Eldon Yellowhorn, First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University 

26 February 2020: “Ethnographic Approaches to Indigenous Mapping
Brian Thom, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology

Postponed to January 15, 2021: “Where Did Our Belongings Come From? Identifying long-distance transport of obsidian across in the ancient pacific northwest based on Indigenous-led research initiatives
Rhy McMilland and Dominique Weis, Earth, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC; Aviva Rathbone and Jason Woolman (Musqueam)

Postponed: "Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview
E. Richard Atleo, hereditary chief Umeek

Term 1 | Fall 2019

18 September 2019: “Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations on First Nations Sovereignty of Cultural Heritage Resources in an Urban Environment
Aviva Rathbone, Senior Archaeologist, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm̓(Musqueam); Ginevra Toniello, Cultural Heritage Program Manager, Tsleil-Waututh

20 November 2019: Working Together to Enhance Ecosystem Sustainability: A Syilx / Settler Science Collaboration
Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC-O; Lael Parrott, Okanagan Institute for  Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services, UBC-O

27 November 2019: “Listening to Object Witnesses: Decolonizing Research in Museum Collections
Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster
Margaret Bruchac, Anthropology, Coordinator of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

#Videos

Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations on First Nations Sovereignty of Cultural Heritage Resources

Aviva Rathbone, Senior Archaeologist, xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm̓ (Musqueam); Ginevra Toniello, Cultural Heritage Program Manager, Tsleil-Waututh

Working Together to Enhance Ecosystem Sustainability: A Syilx-Settler Science Collaboration

Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC-O; Lael Parrott, Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services, UBC-O

(Re)conciliation: Transformative Justice in the Ideal, in Practice, in Comparative Perspective

Glen Coulthard, Critical Indigenous Studies, UBC; Lucy Allais, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego and University of the Witwatersrand; Eldon Yellowhorn, First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University

Ethnographic Approaches to Indigenous Mapping

Brian Thom, Anthropology, University of Victoria