indigenous knowledge


Protect the Arctic Refuge youth rally in front of the Yukon legislative assembly. Katarzyna Nowak

Indigenous and Western Scientists and Knowledge Holders Partnering for the Public Good

Katarzyna Nowak, lecturer at University of Alberta / Yukon University; Jared Gonet, PhD student at University of Alberta / Yukon University., , UCS

We are two conservationists: a First Nations Yukoner and Canadian, and a first generation immigrant-settler with dual Poland-U.S. nationality. Our paths crossed through mutual interest in Indigenous-led stewardship, Two-Eyed Seeing, and holistic approaches like One Health. We are proponents of two-eyed seeing which means, “To see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous ways of knowing, and to see from the other eye with the strengths of Western ways of knowing, and to use both of these eyes together”. With two-eyed seeing, it becomes easier to see, for example that the health of people, wildlife and our shared environments is so intertwined as to be one (“One Health”). 

We think that an exciting paradigm shift is underway that could transform how we engage with governments and other institutions for the public good.     Read more >

Katarzyna Nowak
Katarzyna Nowak
Katarzyna Nowak
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Maunakea and the Need to Indigenize Astronomy

Hilding Neilson, , UCS

I am told by Hawaiians that Maunakea is sacred. I am not sure I understand what that means, I am not Hawaiian, I am an outsider. Read more >

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