Climate Change and Indigenous Communities

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A detailed review of the science and western terminology of climate change to help bridge the gap between Indigenous and western knowledges.

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Hosted by the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) at the University of Winnipeg, this event will foreground the importance of Indigenous knowledges for understanding and adapting to the climate risks facing First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities from coast to coast to coast.

Grandmother and Knowledge Keeper Leslie Spillet will open the session in a good way. As a longtime community leader in Manitoba, Spillet’s experience and insights will be invaluable to a larger discussion regarding reconnecting people with the land to support health, well-being, and sustainability.

PCC team members Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett Huson) and Dr. Ian Mauro will share their reflections and experience, which will surface critical concepts, approaches, and lessons learned from Indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate change. Hetxw’ms Gyetxw is the award winning author of the Mothers of Xsan book series -- The Sockeye Mother won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award -- which explores the ecology of Gitxsan territory in Northern BC. Dr. Mauro, PCC’s Executive Director, is an environmental scientist, geographer, and filmmaker who has worked at the interface of Indigenous and Western ways of knowing.

Taking a “Two-eyed seeing” approach, this interactive session will share Indigneous knowledges through storytelling and documentary film, and link it with Western Science to celebrate the leadership, knowledge, and experience Indigenous communities have regarding climate change.

Please join us for this second event in an ongoing series about Indigenous knowledge, climate change, and resilience.

This training event is part of a larger series of events, delivered in collaboration with the Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT).

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Organizer Prairie Climate Centre, University of Winnipeg

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