Indigenous leaders, U of T researchers look to build collaborations grounded in understanding and reciprocity – U of T Engineering News

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201957 Views

November 14, 2019

The Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) Forum recently brought together Indigenous leaders and U of T researchers to underscore the importance of a Two-Eyed Seeing approach — the bridging of expertise of both Indigenous communities and faculty — to create sustainable infrastructure solutions for Indigenous communities across Canada.

Presenters included Elder Whabagoon, co-founder of Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag, a U of T Access mentorship and employment program for Indigenous youth, who led the opening and closing ceremonies; Becky Big Canoe of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, a natural building designer, activist and founder of EnviroNative Training Initiatives; Jeff Kiyoshk of the First Nations House, CGEN’s Shakya Sur and Sonia Molodecky; Professors Marianne Touchie (CivMin, MIE), Liat Margolis (Architecture), Heather Castleden (Queen’s University); and Jason Bazylak (MIE), who emceed the event.

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