U of W launches free online courses on climate change and indigenous knowledge


Winnipeg –

A series of free online courses aims to equip Manitobans with the tools to build climate resilience and adaptive capacity in the province and around the world.

The Prairie Climate Center at the University of Winnipeg announced on Tuesday that the free series coincides with the COP26 summit in Glasgow. Scotland.

“The Prairie Climate Center at the University of Winnipeg has a long-term commitment to public education and climate awareness, which promotes real opportunities for individuals, communities and organizations. professionals increase their resilience and readiness, ”said Christey Allen, CCP research director. Release. “Our team’s approach is deeply participatory, linking climate research and community knowledge, and we are truly excited to offer this free training for diversity partners.

Classes begin in November with “Climate Change 101” and “Indigenous Knowledge and Two-Eyed Vision”. Classes will continue in December and early 2022, the center said.

According to the CCP, the courses are designed to be accessible to the public, faculty, students, government and organizations seeking credible information on climate change.

“Climate Change 101” is co-presented by PCC Co-Director Dr Danny Blair and Stephen Muirhead. It is intended as a foundational introduction for a broad audience, covering terminology, methodologies and key considerations when thinking about climate science.

“Indigenous Knowledge and Two-Eyed Vision” on November 10 is guided by Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall of the Eskasoni First Nation, who coined the influential term “two-eyed vision”. The CPC said it was an opportunity to hear from one of the world’s foremost thinkers on integrating indigenous knowledge and Western science to solve pressing environmental issues.

“Indigenous knowledge and communities are essential to solving the climate crisis and provide a framework for developing a new relationship with the land, the atmosphere and with each other,” said Brett Huson, artist and author Gitxsan who is also research associate at PCC.

The initiative is funded by the Government of Manitoba and Natural Resources Canada and is part of the Manitoba Climate Resilience Project.