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Indigenous Lands Before Urban Parks: Indigenizing Restoration in Discovery Park
This dissertation aims to bring attention to climate and food justice as a means of environmental justice in urban settings—focusing on wetland restoration and the cultural significance of water to Indigenous peoples. We will explore and examine the urban Native diaspora of Seattle and find ways in which Indigenous knowledge systems and contemporary diets have adapted to their new urban setting. Through the analysis of Indigenous knowledge systems and contemporary diets, we will link environmental, climate, and food justice through an Indigenous and decolonial lens. We will also unravel new kinships of urban Natives to the land and water they have strengthened through their interactions with urban natural green spaces that are available in the city.
This research will advance the scholarship regarding Indigenous peoples, environmental justice, and their cultural importance to ecological restoration projects. Findings of this dissertation will allow us to develop a holistic restoration framework or paradigm that can be utilized by other environmental entities (i.e. nonprofits, agencies, etc.) to include Indigenous peoples at the table to create new policies, management practices, and legislation as we continue to experience the impacts of climate change on Indigenous lands.
Andrew Morrison 2012
Presentation Given at: Indigenous Voices: Conversations on Climate Change Event