Jan. 26, 2022

Elder explores the connection between reconciliation and climate change

Elder Teaching Series welcomes Dr. Betty Bastien of the Blackfoot Confederacy on Jan. 27
Betty Bastien
Betty Bastien University of Calgary

How reconciliation, climate change and Indigenization reflect the current structure of the relationship between Indigenous and settler society will be the topic of the first webinar of this semester’s Elders Teaching Series on Jan. 27.

The session features Women of Distinction Award-winner and UCalgary Social Work associate professor emerita Dr. Betty Bastien, BSW’80, MSW’86, PhD, in a discussion moderated by Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom, PhD’18, educational development consultant, Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

“This relationship is currently reflected in the narrative that structures it, through the murdered and missing Indigenous women and the unmarked graves at residential schools,” Bastien says of her ever-evolving topic. “Concurrently, we are faced with the unprecedented destruction of the ecosystems and a call to action regarding our understanding of humanity and its responsibility for global sustainability.”

Hosted by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement), the Elders Teaching Series focuses on traditional knowledge, lived experiences and approaches to healing with respect to cultural well-being, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being.

With two virtual events scheduled this semester, the series offers oral teachings and reflections from Elders living in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta in an accessible way.

Registration is open for the first first virtual Elders Teaching Series event on Jan. 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. MT. The second event in the series, on Feb. 10, will feature Elder Bruce Starlight with moderation by Dr. Adam Murry, PhD, assistant professor of Indigenous psychology.

Event details
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
12-1:30 p.m. MT – Online

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ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy, is a commitment to deep evolutionary transformation by reimagining ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being. Walking parallel paths together, “in a good way,” UCalgary is moving toward genuine reconciliation and Indigenization. For more information, visit the Office of Indigenous Engagement website.