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Module 2.4 – Maori-Western Science Knowledge System Engagement

This site ultimately outlines a symposium held at the University of Guelph (New Zealand), but of particular interest are the ‘Symposium Resources’ accessible at the bottom of the page.  There are numerous PDF links to the keynote address and visual media used by some of the presenters at the symposium, which gives a glimpse into the topics of the day for those that could not attend the seminars.  Topics include the epistemologies of scientific and Indigenous knowledge systems, tuna research and management, engagement in environmental assessments, and Western science and harvest management.

Module 2.3 – National Indigenous Science Education Program (ISEP)

This website introduces an Australian Indigenous science education program through Macquarie University.  The program itself has won many awards for its integrated high school program that aims to create interactive learning opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to learn science in an engaging way.  I hope to use the information this website provides in order to give me an idea of how to address Indigenous science education concerns in the BC classroom.

Module 2.2 – Living Knowledge: Indigenous Knowledge in Science Education

Living Knowledge is a website created by the Australian Research Council during a 3-year research project concerning Indigenous knowledge in science education.  Their project aimed to create school and community-based workshops for students, as well as this website filled with online resources for teachers, students, and researchers.  While this research project focused on Australian Aboriginal groups, I felt that this website would be great to peruse to provide a basis for my research, or perhaps to compare to Canadian Indigenous science education practices.

Module 2.1 – North America Public Telecommunications (NAPT)

NAPT (North America Public Telecommunications) founded the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium in 1976.  I came across this organization while reading Prins (week 4) with regards to Indigenous members creating films that accurately depict North American Indigenous peoples.  These filmmakers share a passion for creating films and documentaries that increase public awareness of “treaty rights, land claims, hunting and fishing rights, religious freedom, language preservation, repatriation or artifacts, and reburial of ancestral remains” (Prins, p.62-63).  Since its foundation, NAPT has co-supported several programs and independent films for public television, increasing the number and quality of culturally authentic films out there today.

Module 1 Post 5 – First Nations University of Canada

The First Nations University of Canada located in Saskatchewan offers students of all nations a post-secondary education in a variety of fields while simultaneously offering a place of learning that emphasizes cultures and values. First Nations students are able to obtain an education in an environment where their culture, traditions, and language are recognized and respected.


Module 1 Post 4 – The Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

This incorporated, nonprofit association was mentioned in an article so I decided to look into it further. The Head Start program is designed for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families across Canada to offer children an Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on culture and language, school readiness, health promotion, social support, nutrition, and parent and family involvement.


Module 1 Post 3 – Makah Tribe


The Makah tribe of Neah Bay, Washington, houses information regarding their tribal history, practices, diet, and influences by European settlers. They also offer information regarding their whaling practices as well as activities, attractions, and businesses offered in the area. Of particular interest is the Makah Days Fair held at the end of August that allows members new and old to reunite and celebrate their culture.


Module 1 Post 2 – Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools on the Alaska Native Knowledge Network

This is a website designed to encompass and exchange information relating to the knowledge and ways of knowing of the Alaska Native. The standards indicated on this site are designed to complement the current State of Alaska curriculum and ensure that schools and communities are taking the cultural identities of students into consideration. The standards hope to emphasize cultural heritage instead of the traditional teaching and learning. The standards are categorized for educators, students, curriculum, schools, and communities.


Module 1 Post 1 – Polynesian Voyaging Society (Hokule’a)

This is the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s website dedicated to articling the legacy of voyaging and exploration of the Pacific Ocean. They offer a learning center with resources and educational tools. One canoe that is highlighted on the website is the Hokule’a, a vessel that was first built and launched in the 1970’s to travel the ocean and bring people together to represent and protect values and a sense of place. At the current time, Hokule’a is in Australia until June 5, 2015.