Yukon-uAlberta course enriched by Indigenous Knowledge

March 26, 2014

The Yukon College-University of Alberta Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ENCS) degree program includes Indigenous Knowledge, allowing instructors to encourage future scientists to consider Indigenous Knowledge and the social context of their work. Ellen Bielawski, a professor for the ENCS program, believes that “if scientists understand Indigenous Knowledge they will produce stronger analyses and interpretations of the North than if they restrict themselves only to western scientific methods.” Bielawski adds, “Science doesn’t have all the answers. Closing our minds to other forms of knowledge is not a good way to seek solutions to our problems. The world is complicated, and knowledge is like any other resource – the greater diversity in the different ways of knowing, the more we are enriched by it.”Yukon College News Release