Indigenous Sustainability and Environmental Ethics
Dates: June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021
Class: 9am - 12pm (PT) | Tutorial (MDiv only): 2 - 5pm (PT)
The approximately 476 million Indigenous peoples living in over 90 countries around the world are protecting 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity. At stake are the relationships Indigenous peoples have with their ancestral homelands as well as their languages, traditional knowledges, food systems, homelands and waterways, ceremonial lives, communities, and struggles for freedom. How are Indigenous nations in Canada and around the world honoring longstanding relationships to their homelands, waterways, food systems, and communities? What are some Indigenous approaches to the concept of sustainability and how are communities fulfilling their responsibilities to the natural world? This course will look at the spiritual, economic, political and social dimensions of Indigenous nationhood and how Indigenous peoples approach questions of food sovereignty, defense of the land and water, and community resurgence.