UBC: Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education Symposium

October 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

On October 22, 2021, the Open Education Working Group invites you to join us for the inaugural Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium to learn about and discuss the intersections between open education and Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing. Many conversations around open education (OE) focus on a Eurocentric framework of copyright and intellectual property rights that are sometimes in tension with Indigenous knowledge systems. The goal of the Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium is to centre Indigenous ways of knowing, culture, experiences, and worldviews within our OE advocacy work.


Tashia Kootenayo (President, SUO) and Donna Langille (Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBC Okanagan)

Keynote, Open Education and Ethical Consideration for Indigenous Knowledges

Speaker: Kayla Lar-Son

The open education movement has provided a substantial improvement to the learning and research needs of students, faculty, and community members. This has been done through various barrier free methods of publishing, and mitigates any financial strains that can occur. However within the open access movement there needs to be careful consideration for Indigenous Knowledges, which are deeply rooted in community defined ethics and protocols, that do not fit into ordinary academic contexts. This talk will address some of the concerns around open access and Indigenous Knowledges, while exploring tools, principles, and practices for engaging with Indigenous communities.

Kayla Lar-Son is Metis and Ukrainian Settler, originally from Treaty 6 Territory. She is currently the Indigenous programs and services librarian for the Xwi7xwa library at UBC and the program manager librarian for the Indigitization program. Kayla is also a co-host for masinahikan iskwêwak the Book Women podcast.

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