Historically Indigenous Knowledge was not recognized or acknowledged by colonial settlers who were intent on maintaining their racial and epistemological superiority for the purposes of occupying and taking Indigenous land. Now consultation with Indigenous communities is considered the salve to every existing Canadian institution post TRC. This talk centers Indigenous Knowledge and practices in the Environmental Movement and questions the practice of consultation as a way of re-inscribing settler colonial epistemologies.
About the Speaker
Jennifer Wemigwans, PhD is from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, Canada. She is a new media producer, writer and scholar specializing in the convergence between education, Indigenous knowledge and new media technologies. Her book A Digital Bundle: Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online (2018) explores the prospects of education and digital projects in a networked world. Dr. Wemigwans takes pride in working to invert the conventional use of media by revealing the potential for Indigenous cultural expression and Indigenous knowledge through new technologies, education and the arts.