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24-S104 Indigenous Ecologies – Keara Lightning


Instructor: Keara Lightning
Course Date: January 17, 2024 to March 6, 2024
This course takes place from 3:00 PM to 3:59 PM:

SKU: 24-S104 Category:

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This course will introduce students to the relationship between Indigenous peoples and environmental science. First, we will discuss the role of science in colonization, including the importance of botany to colonial expansion, before moving on to look at topics in modern environmental research, such as ethnoecology, cultural burning practices, and Indigenous-led conservation. The course will primarily be taught through lecture and class discussions.


Keara Lightning is an emerging Indigenous scholar from Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta. Her research works to uncover the Indigenous presence obscured by scientific interpretations of the landscape and explore the potential of Indigenous-led science and environmental management to address these issues. She is a Historian Laureate for the Beaver Hills Biosphere and a Lillian Agnes Jones Fellow with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Keara’s PhD research focuses on wildfire management in collaboration with Indigenous communities with a particular emphasis on revitalizing cultural burning practices.

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