Ashley Carlson and Sydney Kuppenbender
For hundreds if not thousands of years Indigenous peoples of the world have been environmentalists, conservationists and restoration practitioners all under an objective lens. Many traditions have been lost but much traditional knowledge has been passed on inter-generationally, and is often unknown to people of non-Indigenous descent. Indigenous peoples and their teachings are underrepresented in science and sustainability fields, and as Indigenous students in environmental sciences, we acknowledge and have experienced the gap in conversation around traditional knowledge in academia.
This project centers around the Two-Eyed Seeing approach, a concept which holds both Indigenous and Western science worldviews at equal value. We intend to encourage the conversation of sustainability from a traditional knowledge point of view, and to ultimately allow Indigenous students to feel included in the conversation.
The following resource is broken down into five hoops: social, environmental, and economic, which are known by Western science as the pillars of sustainability. We have added a fourth pillar, traditional, upon which the other three pillars are founded, and all which build into the final fifth pillar of sustainability. Within each hoop we will discuss multiple viewpoints of the respective topic, that connects both Western and traditional understandings of sustainability. The audio clippings within each hoop are recordings of knowledge-keepers reflecting and sharing their expertise around these topics. Through these connections, we hope to highlight the importance and influence of traditional, land-based knowledge upon Western science understandings of sustainability.
We would like to acknowledge the teachings and relationships that we hold with the land upon which we learn and reside; Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Metis. We would also like to thank the elders and knowledge-keepers and community members who donated their valuable free time and expertise to aid us in the pursuit of this project.
Enjoy, Sydney K. and Ashley C.