Melanie Goodchild’s research is informed by “Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin,” part of her First Nation’s knowledge system — she talks to TVO.org about complexity theory, two-eyed seeing, and fighting for change in academia
“Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin.” It’s an Anishinaabe concept that means “our knowledge and way of knowing.” It informs Anishinaabeg of their origins, way of life, and worldview and forms part of an Indigenous knowledge system that has been cultivated, sustained, and passed down through generations.
Such Indigenous knowledge systems have endured for millennia, but they’ve yet to be fully embraced by mainstream academia. Melanie Goodchild, an Anishinaabe PhD candidate in the University of Waterloo’s social and ecological sustainability program, is trying to change that by incorporating traditional Anishinaabe knowledge into her research
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