Forum provides insight into indigenous issues

NANAIMO – Speakers will talk about their use of interdisciplinary, indigenous, community centered research approaches

As part of Vancouver Island University Indigenous Teaching and Scholarship Series, and in partnership with university’s Research and Scholarly Activity Office, the public is invited to a presentation and discussion entitled Respectful Research: Its Meaning in Practice on Thursday (Oct. 24).

This free event features Lewis Williams, Maori scholar and author of Radical Human Ecology and currently adjunct professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, and Danielle Alphonse, VIU’s B.C. Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Education and a leading emerging scholar in her field in B.C.

Williams and Alphonse will speak about their use of interdisciplinary, indigenous, community centered research approaches.

VIU’s Indigenous Teaching and Scholarship Series is intended to provide an ongoing forum for faculty, staff, students and interested members of the public to gain more familiarity with issues affecting aboriginal education approaches, especially related to teaching and scholarship.

The series will inform the framing of a VIU Aboriginal Education Plan, but perhaps more importantly, it initiates a helpful, authentic engagement with those who are teaching, learning, and researching in this region or with aboriginal communities.

Williams’s current book, Radical Human Ecology is receiving global recognition.

In the foreword of the book, Richard J. Borden, Rachel Carson chair in human ecology, College of the Atlantic and past-president/executive director, Society for Human Ecology, states: “Below the clamor of a bustling world, this volume imparts the seeds of a radical alternative for human ecology. They lie beneath the surface: amid the whispered voices at the margin, in the praxis of traditional spirituality, along the dusty road of post-modernism, and from the ivy halls of science. This is not the human ecology of a prehistoric fireside or an academic symposium. It is an unconventional and timely pedagogy of hope.”

The public presentation takes place in building 305, room 507, from 7-9 p.m.

For more information please contact michele.patterson@viu.ca.