This course is an introduction to Indigenous people and practices, the importance of biodiversity, and will take a deep dive into the impact of colonialism on people and the planet. Students will be introduced to holistic systems and ways of thinking and will be encouraged to contrast and compare these ways to the ways of industrialized societies. There will be an emphasis on recent movements led by indigenous people here in Duwamish territory, around the Americas and planet, who are working hard to achieve self-determination, while also fighting to protect the ecosystem that supports all life. We will explore how some of these groups have been systematically targeted and purposely separated from their own indigeneity, then exploited and not compensated for their work and knowledge by industry, academia, and global NGOs.
Presenter: Shelagh Brown
Dates/Times: Tuesdays / Thursdays 11:00 – 11:45 am
Grade Level: 6-12th