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Indigenous Systems of Relationality Across Environmental History and Indigenous Futures

  • April 19, 2021
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Indigenous concepts of time often reflect the simultaneity of past, present, and future. Indigenous lands and our relationships with lands reflect a relationality that embodies culture, plants, animals, ancestors, and future generations. This session will draw upon Indigenous knowledge systems and systems of relationality to model multiple ways of understanding and healing nature-culture relations. This session is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration featuring a discussion by Indigenous scholars across Forestry, Education, History, Social Work, Health Sciences, Art and Film, and American Indian Studies. We will divide the session in two parts. In the first part, each panelist will present an overview of their own projects and pedagogical approaches. Each short presentation will center Indigenous Knowledge Systems and illustrate key themes that help them understand the past and light the way towards futures that embody equity, justice, and healing. The second part of the event will be a self-moderated discussion among the presenters to explore insights arising from their collective work that incorporates Indigenous concepts of relationality that includes plants, animals, ancestors, place, and time. There will be time for participant questions and discussion at the end of the session.


Michael Dockry, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, University of Minnesota Departments of Forest Resources and American Indian Studies

Meixi, Hokchiu, University of Minnesota, American Indian Studies

Meredith McCoy, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe descent Carleton College Departments of American Studies and History

Lyana Patrick, Stellat’en First Nation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Brett Ramey, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

Leilani Sabzalian, Alutiiq, University of Oregon, Department of Education Studies

April 19, 2021 - 3:30PM-5:00PM EDT

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