Supported by a grant from Way Forward / BT2P, the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) is hosting a series of six Zoom-based webinars and panel discussions focusing on science, environmentalism, human health and social justice. In each session, a Wabanaki cultural knowledge keeper, young environmental stewards from Maine, and a contemporary Western scientist from UMFK (Dr. “Ned” Rubert-Nason) will describe how different global change topics are experienced through Indigenous, youth (age 15-30), and contemporary scientific points of view.
Following their presentations, there will be a panel discussion (moderated by a member of the Sustainability Club at UMFK) in which the audience gets to ask the guest speakers questions. Sessions will conclude with a summary of opportunities to continue working with the presenters, environmental stewards, and Indigenous communities to address environmental and human health challenges.
Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM EST.
Description: Learn from Darren Ranco (UMaine Wabanaki Center), Cassie Caine (Maine Youth for Climate Justice), Red Fong (Maine Environmental Education Association), and Dr. “Ned” Rubert-Nason (University of Maine at Fort Kent) about how global change and science are experienced differently across cultures, and the importance of being culturally-sensitive when using science to manage threats posed by pollution, pandemics, changing climate and landscapes.
Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM EDT
Description: Learn how the process of “science” is embraced by Indigenous communities, and how to get started doing community-based science that respects and supports Indigenous peoples.
Date: April 8, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM EDT
Description: Learn how infectious diseases introduced by European traders and colonists altered the course of Wabanaki history, and led to current challenges in physical and spiritual health.
Date: April 21, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM EDT
Description: Learn how pollution of air, water and soil at local, regional, and global scales disproportionately impacts the spiritual and physical health of Indigenous peoples.
Date: TBD, Early September 2021
Description: Learn how changes in climate, timing of seasonal events, and relationships among people and their environment are viewed in different cultures and generations, and the importance of embracing diverse perspectives in resource management.
Date: TBD, Early October 2021
Description: Learn to build strong intra- and intergenerational and cross-cultural mentoring relationships.
After participating in any of our free webinars, we hope that you will thank us by completing a voluntary survey of your demographics and your experiences with that webinar. Your feedback helps us better-understand how we can serve you and your friends through online course offerings, networking, and mentoring opportunities. Our survey will be sent to all registered attendees and has been approved for use by the UMFK Human Subjects Research Chair, and is overseen by Dr. “Ned” F. Rubert-Nason (email@example.com), a science educator with over 10 years of experience.