Friday, May 14, 2021
Indigenous Knowledge 101
In partnership with the Aboriginal Education Centre, the CTL is pleased to host Lynn Gehl, Indigenous Knowledge 101.
Indigenous knowledge (IK) is resurging, and it is seen by many people as a panacea to much of what industrialization and capitalism has imposed on who humans are, the land we live on, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. All peoples and all cultures have their own ancestral IK. While this is the situation, many people struggle with understanding the essentials of IK asking such questions as, what is IK, where is IK located, and how can they access IK beyond appropriating it from the Indigenous people of Turtle Island?
In this talk, Lynn draws on ancient Anishinaabe scroll knowledge and her own models discussing the intelligence of the heart, traditional symbolic literacy traditions, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing and sharing knowledge. Drawing on her experience, learning, and past and ongoing work she will cover such things as where IK is located, how we establish a relationship with IK, and how IK is disseminated. This moderated talk will require deep thinking on the part of listeners because it requires processing, and also because this method honours the listener's own relationship in coming to value IK. This talk will be approximately 60 minutes in length followed by a 30 minute question and answer period.