Sustainable Communities of Change: An Indigenous Perspective on Hope

  • Jeannette Armstrong, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Okanagan Philosophy, UBC Okanagan
    IRES Seminar Series, AERL Theatre (Room 120), 2202 Main Mall, UBC

    Thursday, November 16, 12:30-1:30 pm
    in the series
    Hope in the Anthropocene: Sustainability Solutions and Inspirations, co-sponsored by IRES UBC
  •  An Indigenous perspective on hope is to understand that hope is an essential element to inspire the courage to do things differently, since doing the same things will only produce the same results. Hope inspires change. Inspirations for sustainability solutions will require opportunities to do things in new and different ways, to make the most impact and the most sense. Unless people can shift themselves away from current models of dependency on the unsustainable practices evident in a system triggering unbridled development, some fundamental questions are required. What does that “dependency” look like if unpacked? What does ecological sustainability mean for everyday working people? Where does “sustainability” begin? If hope is to be created, where can solutions that will shift the paradigm best take shape? Solutions may mean actively finding tools for “whole community change.” The seminar will cover some solution-inspired ideas based on several examples providing hope.
  • Jeannette Armstrong is Syilx Okanagan, a fluent speaker and teacher of the Nsyilxcn Okanagan language and a traditional knowledge keeper of the Okanagan Nation. She is a founder of En’owkin, the Okanagan Nsyilxcn language and knowledge institution of higher learning of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. She currently is Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Okanagan Philosophy at UBC Okanagan. She has a PhD in Environmental Ethics and Syilx Indigenous Literatures. She is the recipient of the EcoTrust Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership and in 2016 of the BC George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an author whose published works include poetry, prose and children’s literary titles and academic writing on a wide variety of Indigenous issues.  She currently serves on Canada’s Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
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November 16th, 2017 12:30 PM   through   1:30 PM
2202 Main Mall, UBC
AERL Theatre (Room 120)
Vancouver,
Canada
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