Watch Robin Wall-Kimmerer’s Talk on Climate Change & Indigenous Knowledge

On March 10th 2014, the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives was honoured to welcome Robin Wall-Kimmerer to discuss the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in generating solutions for climate change. In this compelling and lyrical talk, Dr. Kimmerer presents of way of seeing and relating to our environment that respects and honours creation and establishes systems of reciprocity.

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Dr. Kimmerer is the author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of MossesI, and more recently Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.