ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
10:50 AM - 11:40 AM: Concurrent Session 10B: 10:50 am PST (1:50 pm EST)
Lessons From Beyond
Conference Strand: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access & Social Justice
Jodie Williams, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario
Abstract of Session/Presentation: Lessons From Beyond is a comprehensive digital resource that engages students into learning about the mysteries of the cosmos through Indigenous knowledge systems. The ongoing impacts of colonization have led to the destruction and fragmentation of Indigenous knowledge systems, methodologies, pedagogies, and epistemologies. As a result we have reached out across the globe and created a unique collaborative network of Indigenous educators, Elders, academics, and scientists from New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, which also includes a partnership with NASA. This resource works from the understanding that Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Western science can reflect, resonate with, and reinforce one another, affirming each other as valid, valuable, and vital. This new learning provides an opportunity to re-center Indigenous knowledge systems in order to advance all of society in the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to hear from Wilfred Buck, a highly respected Cree knowledge keeper, renowned for his deep knowledge of astronomy from both Indigenous and Western knowledge systems. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore various components of the new interactive digital resource: Lessons From Beyond.