First Nations 2: Contemporary Knowledge
By examining current realities that are defining the evolution of Indigenous Knowledge, students will gain a foundational capacity for participating in the future growth of this knowledge. Beginning with some of the original agreements that local Indigenous groups made with Europeans, to present-day decisions affecting urban and rural Indigenous populations, students will gain the ability to navigate current power structures. Major themes include: identity development within the constructs of European legislation, efforts for language revitalization, responsibility for environmental protection, local band council operations and the ethics of preserving Indigenous knowledge. Students will engage directly with local Indigenous decision-makers, Elders, and knowledgeable guest speakers and be encouraged to determine ways for appropriately managing resolutions.