Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman and Aimée Craft. What role does indigenous knowledge play in national efforts to address climate change? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 30 November 2017 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
What role does indigenous knowledge play in national efforts to address climate change?
Aimée Craft, legal scholar specializing in indigenous perspectives on treaties and Canadian aboriginal law
Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft discusses the historically troubled relationship between Western scientific traditions and different forms of indigenous knowledge. Generosity of spirit and mutual respect for different ways of knowing are crucial if we are to more effectively address common challenges such as climate change. She suggests that Western scientists can work together with indigenous peoples to move beyond the status quo, where indigenous knowledge systems are typically embraced only for their capacity to confirm mainstream scientific findings. Creating constructive dialogue and mutual respect between knowledge communities may be vital to our ability to come to terms with the socio-environmental challenges of the future.
Bifrost gratefully acknowledges Prof. Robert Boschman of Mount Royal University and the leadership of the research network NIES for all their valuable work and support behind the scenes that helped make the interview excerpted in this video possible. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Mount Royal University and the conference Under Western Skies 2016, where the interview was filmed.