'From Indigenous Philosophy in Environmental Education to Indigenous Planetary Futures: what would it take?' 28 September, 7pm Online
Part of the Institute for Northern Studies Public Seminar Series with Dr Lewis Williams, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Join us online for the first of our Online Public Seminar Series 28 September at 7pm
'From Indigenous Philosophy in Environmental Education to Indigenous Planetary Futures: what would it take?' with Dr Lewis Williams
The past two decades have seen a proliferation of Indigenous philosophy in environmental education. Much of this anti and decolonial work has made significant advances in deconstructing western modernist subjectivities; re-embedding and re-situating Indigenous and western relational epistemologies into human-earth relationality, including critical inquiry into questions of positionality, power-knowledge and human and more than human agency. Less articulated, however is the potential of these practices to address large scale and interrelated global challenges associated with climate and cultural-ecological crisis which coincide with the intensification of late capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacism. Relatedly, at global levels human rights approaches to planetary wellbeing continue to predominate and prominent international agreements such as UNDRIP, SDG, IPCCC and the Global Compact for Migration remain siloed from one another. Providing a broad sketch of these themes I then introducing four regenerative place-based strategies which simultaneously address our contemporary global challenges as interconnected and position Indigenous knowledges and lifeways at the centre of these strategies. Moving from Indigenous philosophy in environmental education to broad intersectoral action, these strategies also make the interconnections between individual, collectivist, and structural approaches to Indigenous-led intergenerational resilience as one means to support our collective action toward healing human-environmental relations.