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Biology Seminar Series Presents: Dr. Sammy Matsaw

September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm MDT

Cultivating Alliances and Indigenous Research Methodologies in Natural Resources

Abstract:
Cultivating alliances will take an earnest and diligent effort of self and community work to undo
the historical genocide, trauma, and harm left in the substantial scope and scale of colonialism
projects. Storytelling is a way of interpreting the natural landscape and phenomena through
metaphors to respecting the sources of life-giving entities aka natural resources. Indigenous
Peoples are living in their homelands since time immemorial, however, have been removed in
some form or fashion aka erasure. Traditional/Indigenous Knowledge is still practiced today
persisting over 500 generations informing a way of knowing to be a part of nature, the land and
waterways aka science. Decolonizing and Indigenous Research Methodologies is the critical lens
the scientific enterprise needs to interweave different ways of knowing that informs policy
towards real climate change action.