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Sunday, October 23 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Working Toward Respectful Collaborations: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Educational Institutions | Indigenous Forum
How do we develop the important emergent discourse at the intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and Western science? These leading Native American educators believe it’s imperative to find ways to integrate Indigenous knowledge into educational systems and communities in a culturally appropriate manner. It’s a crucial path if we are to teach the young effectively about climate change, environmental and climate justice, and raise new generations of thoughtful, visionary leaders. How? With: Suzanne Benally (Navajo/Santa Clara Pueblo); Jeff Baker (Metis); Melissa K. Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe); Kaimana Barcarse (Native Hawaiian); and Sage LaPena (Nompitom Wintu).

Workshop Speakers
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Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker, Ph.D., a Métis educator whose teaching and research seek to decolonize educational institutions through land-based learning and the respectful inclusion of Indigenous languages and ways of knowing, is the Chair of Aboriginal Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he explores the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge systems for catalyzing the emergence of more equitable and sustainable ways... Read More →
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Kaimana Barcarse

Kaimana Barcarse (Kanaka Hawai'i) directs the Hawaiian Culture Based Education Department of the Kamehameha Schools and is: Program Director of the Alalan I Kai Hikina Hawaiian Language Radio Show; Senior Producer of Indigenous Rights Radio; co board chair of The Cultural Conservancy; and a multi-media artist. A deep-sea voyager, Kaimana is famous for using the wa'a (voyaging canoe) to strengthen the Hawaiian language and cultural skills of... Read More →
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Suzanne Benally

Suzanne Benally (Navajo and Santa Clara Tewa), Executive Director of Cultural Survival, a Native-led international Indigenous rights advocacy organization, is an activist and educator with 40 years' experience in higher education and in social and environmental justice advocacy, including teaching at Naropa, directing an Institute on Ethnic Diversity, working at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and consulting for many... Read More →
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Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena, a medical herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher and gardener specializing in both Native American and Western herbal traditions, started her herbal education at age seven, working with local medicine people from her tribe, the Northern Wintu (California) and has been a life-long participant in their cultural activities. She has been teaching the ethnobotany of California native plants for 20+ years, leading plant walks throughout the... Read More →
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Melissa K. Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian/enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band, Chippewa), a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker, and indigenous scholar-activist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State and President of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization. She is the editor of the anthology, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For a Sustainable Future, and... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum