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Indigenous Concepts of Knowledge Symposium a Success

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Where does Indigenous knowledge come from and how is it used?
  • How is Indigenous Knowledge shared?
  • How do we organize Indigenous Knowledge to make it accessible?
  • What are the challenges in sharing and promoting Indigenous Knowledge?

These were some of the questions addressed at the Symposium on Indigenous Concepts of Knowledge, hosted by Okanagan College on Wednesday, June 15th, in the Centre for Learning, Kelowna Campus. More than 100 people were in attendance for the free community event. For those who were unable to attend in person, a recording of the Symposium is available from www.okanagan.bc.ca/IKS.Indigenous Concepts of Knowledge Symposium

Moderated by Dr. Bill Cohen, Okanagan College Professor of Indigenous Studies, and Project Manager of the College’s Indigenization Task Force, several notable scholars discussed their perspectives on topics such as connections between orality and literacy, Indigenous concepts of ownership and intellectual property, traditional ecology-based systems of knowledge, ethics of the use and curation of Indigenous knowledge, and research methods that respect Indigenous ways of knowing.

Speakers included:

  • Melissa Adams, Librarian & Archivist, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Dr. Ann M. Doyle, Head, Xwi7xwa Library, UBC (Vancouver)
  • Dr. Greg Younging, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies, UBC (Okanagan), and Assistant Director of Research, Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The symposium was presented by Okanagan College Library, Aboriginal Services, and the Okanagan College Faculty Association. For more information about the event, please contact Ross Tyner, Director of Library Services.

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