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Indigenous Speaker Series: Nikki McDaid - Plants are Our First Teachers: Climate Change and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Tackling global issues like climate change through US education means looking to Indigenous peoples for best practices regarding caring for the natural world. This talk will be about relationships between human and plant communities, situated in Indigenous knowledge systems. Nikki McDaid considers how supporting these relationships in an Indigenous STEAM program can open possibilities for different climate futures.

Nikki McDaid (Shoshone-Bannock, Paiute) is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research interests are broadly focused on learning environments at the intersection of land-based education and Indigenous resurgence. More specifically, she wants to understand the ways that Indigenous youth in a land-based learning environment (Dr. Megan Bang’s ISTEAM program) recognize the personhood of plants and more-than-human animals and whether or not the propensity to do so might have an effect on the ways youth engage in decision-making around social and environmental concerns.

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Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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