“Two Eyed Seeing”: Integrating Indigenous and Western ‘knowing’ in environmental studies

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by lincdire
6 Lessons
1 Students

Before beginning this scenario, do a Global Level Check and then a Level Check!

As informed citizens of your country, you have been asked by ___X____ university or college to help plan a unique and ground-breaking 12-week intensive study abroad course for 2nd or 3rd year environmental biology students. This course is inspired (in part) by the writings and knowledge of environmental biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer.  The course you develop will have students visit three countries outside of Canada to learn from various sources about the local climate, biology and environmental practices. As this program is still in its planning stages, it is important that your course attracts a good number of students so that the program can continue. Your work will be presented and discussed at a curriculum developers meeting and, if successful, could lead to a collaboration with Wall Kimmerer.

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Step 1: Kimmerer’s call to action

In this step, you will listen to an interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer. As you listen, take notes on her opinions about both aboriginal and western thought processes related to […]

Step 2: Discussing findings

In your groups, share and discuss each member’s findings for possible locations for your program. One member will record the reasons that led to the decision to include what particular…

Step 3: Creating a course syllabus

What information is necessary to include on a course outline? Work through the example provided and make note of specific features including content, formatting and grammatical form. With your group,…

Step 4: Creating a course description

It is very important to take into account what prospective students will want from the program. Having your school collaborate with Robin Wall Kimmerer is a very lucky opportunity, so…

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