Wednesday Nov 02, 2022
Indigenous worldviews and Indigenous-led research: keys for food systems’ resilience, adaptation and collaboration
Guests: Dr. Jennifer Grenz, Faculty of Forestry and Land & Food Systems, University of British Columbia and Dr. Courtney Mason, Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities, Thompson Rivers University
In this episode, host Samantha Charlton speaks with two of BC’s Indigenous scholars who are working on food and agriculture research. Dr. Jennifer Grenz, an invasive plant ecologist and Nlaka‘pamux woman, has been working to bridge western science with Indigenous ways of knowing. She begins the discussion by illustrating how the Indigenous worldview offers an essential framework for climate adaptation research and action. She is joined by Dr. Courtney Mason whose research on rural livelihoods and sustainable communities intersects with Indigenous health and food sovereignty in BC.
The conversation explores what decolonization of agricultural research can look like and the value of recognizing Indigenous ways of knowing as we seek to build the resiliency of food systems. If you’ve wondered where to start in building relationships with Indigenous research partners and decolonizing the research process this episode will give you some great food for thought on how to start on that journey.
Two books mentioned in the discussion are Research is Ceremony by Shawn Wilson and Fresh Banana Leaves by Jessica Hernandez.
Dr. Jennifer Grenz joined us from Parksville, the unceded traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as and Stzuminus peoples. Dr. Courtney Mason joined us from Kamloops, located on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory, situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation.
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