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First Nations: Ethical Landscapes, Sacred Plants
Friday, November 13, 2020: 11am - 12:30pm EST

This Symposium will bring together Indigenous environmental experts from the United States and Canada to discuss how Native communities are researching and addressing threats to their lands from extractive industries, pollution, and climate change. The speakers will share Native understandings of the medicinal and nutritional value of plants and models of ethical and sustainable land use. They will also suggest how botanical gardens can learn from Indigenous plant experts in a spirit of respect and reciprocity and in full recognition of the ways in which these institutions have supported and profited from colonialism in the past. We will consider how to build a just alliance with Indigenous scholars to work together with due humility towards a more sustainable relationship with plants.

First Nations: Ethical Landscapes, Sacred Plants is convened by the Garden’s Humanities Institute in partnership with Yale University and the Mellon Foundation. It forms part of The Order of Multitudes: Atlas, Encyclopedia, Museum, a collaborative project that examines the long and varied history of attempts to collect and manage information and generate synthetic, inclusive knowledge.

Special Remarks:
- Joe Baker, Executive Director of the Lenape Center, NY

Presenters:
- Janelle Marie Baker
- Linda Black Elk
- Kyle Whyte

Moderators:
- Zoe Todd
- Ashanti Shih

CART Interpretation, Spanish, French, and Chinese live-translation will be provided at this event. For accommodation requests related to a disability, questions, comments, or more information about the accessibility of this event, please contact Charles Zimmerman at access@nybg.org or 718.817.8765.

Nov 13, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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