Sharing Scientific and Technological Knowledge to Support Indigenous Self-Determination
Although many Canadian and American researchers work in health-related areas, few study Indigenous health genomics, and even fewer work at the intersections of Indigenous studies, science and technological studies, and Indigenous governance. Yet Indigenous science studies are a key avenue for understanding and promoting Indigenous cultural and political self-determination.
Dr. Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment, wants to bridge that gap by developing science and technology projects that promote Indigenous self-determination.
Her work will help build Indigenous scholars’ capacities to grapple expertly with technological and scientific topics that affect Indigenous lands, peoples, economies and institutions. Her work will also help inform national and global societal thought—not only on international and national policy-making but on Indigenous governance regarding science and technology and the implications for Indigenous peoples and lands.
Through an international symposium and written communications—including an edited volume, op-eds and policy articles—TallBear and her research team will share their knowledge broadly in both scholarly and publicly accessible forms to build a central hub for Indigenous science topics in Canada and globally. By supporting Indigenous communities’ growing capacities to engage in science and technology, the hub will help further their self-determination.