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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 will be hosted at Green College in the Coach House, 5:00-6:30 pm
Everyone is welcome!

Series co-convened by Alison Wylie and Eric Simons


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

18 March 2020: “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

15 April 2020: "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