Indigenous perspectives need to be strengthened in STEM fields

March 11, 2020

Scholars in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math [say] Indigenous knowledge and perspectives have largely not found their way into Canadian post-secondary courses, writes Lakshmi Magon. While some Canadian postsecondary institutions are trying to incorporate more diverse perspectives into STEM fields, many experts argue that institutions still have a long way to go in terms of accepting the cultural qualifications of Indigenous community leaders and having those voices better represented among academic faculty. “To decolonize the academy, we need faculty to understand that Indigenous science is different to Western sciences through experience,” said John Fischer, Mount Royal University Executive Adviser of Indigenization and member of the Cowessess First Nation. The Star (National)