The purpose of this webinar speaker series is to facilitate online space to hear Indigenous speakers as a way to access the tools and mātauranga (Māori knowledge and ways of knowing) to strengthen our response and methods for connection during this particular time of uncertainty with emergence of the COVID-19 virus. It’s an opportunity for us as an Indigenous global community to reflect on questions arising within our networks of family, community and colleagues.
One of the core principles at the heart of KIN is manaakitanga, an ethic of care that has been an invaluable resource for us during the uncertain environment of doctoral study and we wanted to extend this ethic to our wider online community. We hope this webinar provides a place for sense-making and generative dialogue amidst an environment where people around the world are questioning “What kind of changes are taking place?” “Will these changes have lasting impacts?” “What might change for me and my loved ones?”
A common thread that came through all presentations are questions around “how do we become, or continue to be good ancestors?” and other related questions about our continued commitment as Indigenous peoples to uphold ancestral knowledge for future generations.
All recorded webinars are now available to view below!
Session 1: Not Our Apocalypse with Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
In this webinar, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou, Māori) addresses concerns about the way that discourse about pandemics instil fear and anxiety within Indigenous communities. Professor Smith reminds the audience about Indigenous skills around survivance and resilience and shares examples in Aotearoa-New Zealand of Māori ways of organising that inspire and provide hope. Finally, Professor Smith shares ideas about post-pandemic ways of being grounded in Indigenous wellbeing.
Live recording occurred on 7th April (New Zealand), 6 April (North America), 2020
Session 2: Preparing for the Coming Plague with Dr Michael Yellow Bird
In this webinar, Dr Michael Yellow Bird (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) gives an overview of how Indigenous Peoples can build a robust immune system by returning to traditional practices. He reviews the following aspects and connects these topics to the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. What is the immune system and why is important;
2. What did colonization do the IP immune system;
3. What might have the immune system of Indigenous Peoples looked like prior to colonization;
3. How does the immune system work/relationship between our genetics and immune system;
4. What depresses and compromises our immune system;
5. What creates a robust immune system;
6. What are the future risks to our immune system.
Live recording occurred on 8th April (New Zealand), 7 April (North America), 2020
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Session 3: Capitalism – Useless in any crisis and Economies of Affection with Dr Ganesh Nana and Dr Dara Kelly
In this webinar, Dr. Ganesh Nana, Research Director of Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL) discusses the limitations of capitalism and its systems that are particularly illuminated during times of crisis, such as the COVID-19. As an alternative framing, Dr Nana proposes that economics are about inheritance, and taonga (treasures) are a better alternative to ‘resources’ that allow us to rethink how we inherit, use, protect, and pass them on.
Dr. Dara Kelly (Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish) speaks about Coast Salish ancient philosophy of economy, wealth and reciprocity grounded in traditions of feasting and ceremony.
Together, they challenge the idea that although capitalism is a resilient economic system, and institutions currently in place seem fixed, when these systems fail, we have the opportunity to make lasting changes to better meet the needs of Indigenous people and communities.
Live recording occurred on 9th April (New Zealand) – 8 April (North America), 2020
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Session 4: Decolonizing our minds and cultivating causes of happiness
with Dr Bonnie Duran
In this webinar, Dr. Bonnie Duran (Opelousas/Coushatta descendent) discusses the need for us to decolonize our minds and cultivate causes of happiness to resist the adverse effects of COVID. Dr. Duran was joined by colleagues Tommy Lee Wong and Elvina Charlie, who discussed in-depth about the need for us to recognize that trauma is stuck in the body and how you project anger could be the result of historical trauma. They also offered a series of strategies to overcome historical trauma and cultivate mindfulness, such as be mindful of releasing energy in healthy ways and practicing kindness, respect, and self-compassion.
Live recording occurred on 10th April (New Zealand) – 9 April (North America), 2020
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Session 5: What would our tīpuna (ancestors) do?
with Tohunga Rereata Makiha
In this webinar, Tohunga Rereata Makiha (Ngāti Whakaheke, Te Aupōuri, Te Arawa) talks to us about ancestral Māori knowledge that is in our history, and within our stories that can help us navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Live recording occurred on 14th April (New Zealand) – 13 April (North America), 2020
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Session 6: Indigenising Food Systems
In this webinar, Dr. Huambachano (Peruvian) takes us to the kai (food) realm to discuss the critical role of Indigenous peoples’ knowledge in safeguarding healthy food systems amidst this pandemic. Food is sacred for Indigenous peoples because it comes from our relatives, holds cultural meaning and responsibilities, which is often overlooked in environmental and food policies, says Huambachano. Indigenous peoples’ are the architects of ‘philosophies of wellbeing’ or ‘Buen Vivir’ holding environmental, socio-political, and economic frameworks on how we ought to live well. She presents examples from how Indigenous peoples in Aotearoa Peru, and North American are enacting Indigenous good living principles such as self-determination, manaakitanga (ethic of care) and solidarity, to preserve the health of their food systems and wellbeing.
Live recording occurred on 15th April (New Zealand) – 14 April (North America), 2020
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Session 7: Re-Indigenizing the World and Imagining Decolonized Cities
with David Isaac and Dr Rebecca Kiddle
In this webinar, David Isaac (Listuguj Mi’gmag Nation) talks about Indigenous perspectives of looking to your backyard for energy (sun, wind, renewables) as a way to build and re-build resilient infrastructure for the long-term future of Indigenous well-being.
Dr Rebecca Kiddle (Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi) talks about Māori approaches to decolonising space, particularly within urban centres as an expression of spatial justice. Dr Kiddle highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic brings forward the importance of: local connection; de-emphasized importance of private ownership; the more severe impact on those already experiencing poverty; and finally the importance of the collective and connection.
Live recording occurred on 16th April (New Zealand) – 15 April (North America), 2020
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Session 8: Beyond Apocalypse: Indigenous Futures
with Dr Karrmen Crey
In this webinar, Dr Karrmen Crey (Cheam, Stó:lō) addresses the importance of creativity and the role of artists as facilitating and constructing Indigenous futures from the resilience of Indigenous reality and ancestral knowledge that encompasses past, present and future simultaneously.
Live recording occurred on 17th April (New Zealand) – 16 April (North America), 2020
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Session 9: Decolonizing Time
In this webinar, Māori astronomer and Professor, Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe, Māori) talks to us about decolonising time and the rhythms of ancestral seasonal living in tandem with Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) environmental knowledge in this period of change.
Live recording occurred on 18 April (New Zealand) – 17 April (North America), 2020
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Session 10: Native Science and a New World
In this webinar, Gregory Cajete (Tewa) talks about how current institutions (emphasis on universities) are wholly unprepared for the global shifts taking place revealing their vulnerability (and associated resistance) to change. Cajete discusses processes of institutionalization and de-institutionalization and the role of Indigenous knowledge as a source of resilience for Indigenous peoples.