Incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge in Integrated Sciences sustainability courses

TitleIncorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge in Integrated Sciences sustainability courses
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2022
Project Summary

The project aims to incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge in ISCI 360 (British Columbia), ISCI 361/461 (Hawaii and Iceland): Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability. Although Indigenous communities play a large role in sustainability issues that have been impacted or are impacting regions studied in the courses, they have not been a focus in the curriculum. This funding is to strengthen and expand the course curricula by enhancing engagement with Indigenous community leaders and incorporating an Indigenous lens in explorations of sustainability. It is expected that this partnership will include course conversations with Indigenous members as well as the development and organization of a community activity in each location to engage students. The project further aims to develop a module investigating what happens to an environment following human settlement when Indigenous communities are not present (Iceland). Students will experience issues on a first-hand basis and make meaningful contributions to the local community.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorDenise Gabriel
Year 1: Funded Amount21,529
Year 1: Team Members

Denise Gabriel, Lecturer, Integrated Sciences Program, Faculty of Science
Lee Groat, Director, Integrated Sciences Program, Faculty of Science
Steven Quane, Sessional Lecturer, Integrated Sciences Program, Faculty of Science
Mary Anne Lyons, Program Manager / Academic Advisor, Integrated Sciences Program, Faculty of Science

Collaborators:

Ashley Welsh, Faculty Liaison, Science, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and Skylight
Allen Edzereza, T’Logodena Wolf Clan / Elder, Tahltan First Nation / Founder, Cheona Metals