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ILF-108 Foundations in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge - Kwak'wala

3 credits


Foundations of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge is a dual language course (Kwak'wala) that will provide students with a framework for exploring Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to the natural world. A hands-on, seasonal approach will be employed to explore the natural world through the lens of Indigenous science, technology, relationships, engineering, arts, and mathematics. This hands-on approach, rooted in local Indigenous ways of learning, being, and doing will unearth Indigenous perspective and worldview related to the natural world. Working in groups, students will choose an area of interest and apply Indigenous methodology to examine their chosen topic. Students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and examine the importance of Indigenous ways of coming to know, rooted in the land and language, as well as Indigenous paradigms (theory). This course is intended to assist in restoring, reconstructing, and valuing Indigenous ecological, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual knowledge and processes. The course responds to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #62 to integrate and utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classroom practices and explore the importance of Indigenous ecological knowledges to Western paradigms and local sustainable development goals.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English assessment; or Admission to the Indigenous Language Fluency Certificate Program.

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