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Indigenizing Conservation in a Changing Climate: Developing a Community Comprehensive Plan of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center’s Future Land Use
Abstract:This project aims to indigenize conservation in a changing climate by centering indigenous voices, experiences, and principles through community-based participatory research practices. Our research question is: how can indigenous cultures strengthen the conservation of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center’s twenty acres of land located at Discovery Park in a changing climate? We will dive into the role food sovereignty and conservation play in indigenous peoples’ lives in the Seattle Metropolitan Area—in particular those who frequent and utilize Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center for cultural traditions, practices, and gatherings. Through partnerships with the various stakeholders, we will develop a community comprehensive plan of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center’s Future Land Use that incorporate an indigenous lens that analyzes Daybreak Indian Cultural Center’s history, soils, bodies of water, vegetation, and wildlife. This comprehensive plan will incorporate both indigenous and western sciences to highlight the importance of the inclusion of indigenous peoples and their rights to traditional foods, medicine, and cultural land use of Seattle parks. The comprehensive plan aims to decolonize the landscape by acknowledging the indigenous lands Discovery Park occupies.
Presentation Given at: Indigenous Voices: Conversations on Climate Change Event