Indigenous ways of knowing
Exploring the universe with feet firmly on the land, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is headquartered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien'keha:ka (people of the flint) (Mohawk Nation), part of the Haudenosaunee (people of the longhouse) Confederacy. We recognize the Kanien'kehá:ka Nation as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal), which has long been a gathering place for diverse First Nations, including Algonquin-Anishinaabe, Atikamekw, and Huron-Wendat.
The CSA recognizes that there are different ways of knowing and acknowledges the many contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to the studies of the stars. There are many ways of sharing knowledge and building understanding. That is why the CSA is working to broaden our content to include Indigenous perspectives.
These resources are available:
- Giant Floor Map – Canadian North, floor maps and activities designed specifically for communities in the Canadian North and that highlight northern identity and the uniqueness of the Canadian territories
- Indigenous Moon stories and the 13 moons cycle, written by Researcher and Knowledge Keeper Wilfred Buck
We are developing, with educators:
- Career profiles of Indigenous people working in the space field
- A healthy mind and body: the key to thriving in space and on Earth, an activity built with Indigenous communities, especially in the North, and available nationwide
We will continue to add Indigenous Moon stories from other Indigenous nations as well as meaningful experiences in STEM learning, for youth need to be as diverse as the next generation of space scientists and engineers we are aiming to inspire.
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