Roads to Research with Leslie King
Please join Leslie King for her Roads to Research presentation Learning from Northern Peoples.
Arctic explorers sometimes credited their survival and exploration successes to the knowledge they gained from Indigenous people during their explorations in dangerous times and harsh but fragile environments. Others who were less open to the wisdom of Arctic dwellers failed to learn from them, and thus also failed to meet their objectives and sometimes perished.
We are now experiencing another dangerous time of climate and associated rapid environmental and social change. Yet one hundred years later, researchers working in the North have often made the same mistakes by discounting Indigenous and local knowledge in their search for scientific truth, whether seeking the fate of the Franklin expedition or documenting disappearing sea ice and permafrost. In large part, however, humanity's survival and future depend on lessons learned from Northern people on the front lines of climate change and biodiversity loss about how to adapt and thrive in conditions of dramatic uncertainty and change. Climate researchers are attempting to learn from the knowledge, ancient and contemporary, held by Northern people, which may yet ensure human survival. This talk will introduce some of the emerging findings from that research that may help those of us in lower latitudes to prepare for, respond to and survive dramatic changes in the social-ecological systems upon which we depend.
Cookies and coffee will be provided.
Research Services gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Research Support Fund (RSF) in the development of this initiative. The RSF is administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.
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