❀ Indigenizing Conservation in a Changing Climate ❀
Course Description: As we continue to experience the impacts of extreme climate change, Indigenous peoples’ livelihoods are the most impacted. Climate change is resulting in food insecurities and environmental degradation that are being addressed through restoration and conservation frameworks that may or may not work. As a result, it is important to analyze and research conservation through an Indigenous lens. This will allow us to address climate change impacts among Indigenous communities through a holistic lens. In this course, students will dive into conservation and develop their understanding of why Indigenizing conservation is important in a changing climate. Students will participate in an Indigenous-led project that addresses conservation and environmental sustainability in Seattle. They will contextualize what they learn in class to the Urban Native experience in Seattle and apply these concepts to our community garden project that takes place in Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.