In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton has put together a series of videos and activities linking western science with traditional knowledge. The topics include:
Bison Project: In collaboration with the Canadian Light Source, a research facility at the University of Saskatchewan we will be talking about bison. Bernie Petit, the Education Professional for Indigenous programs will walk us through the historical importance of bison and how postsecondary students are gathering samples (soil, hair, droppings) to be analyzed on the synchrotron, Canada brightest light. This video will highlight how traditional knowledge and western science work together. The Bison Project takes a proactive approach to solve a scarcity of Indigenous Peoples in science and research by using the four R's: Restore, Replace, Renew and Reclaim.
Medicinal Plants: Students will learn about some plants commonly found in Alberta and their multitude of uses, including in traditional medicines. Students will then participate in activities, including a scavenger hunt to find medicinal plants in their neighbourhoods.
Indigenous Night Sky Stories: What do you see when looking up the stars? Are there stories that you have heard in school, from family, or in movies? In this video we are going to look at the nighttime sky and discuss some stories from Indigenous groups across Turtle Island.
This series of 3 videos will be available for on-demand viewing throughout the month of June. Registration is required. Register for free online to receive access to these resources.