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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.

Students at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques. (Credit: CSA)

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We are developing, with educators:

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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