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Astronomy Through an Indigenous Lens

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit EducationEnvironmental and Outdoor EducationScience
1 Hour Session
9:00 AM, Friday 14 Feb 2020 (1 hour)
TELUS Convention Centre - Glen Room 201/202
Division 2 - Grades 4-6Division 3 - Grades 7-9
Location : TELUS Convention Centre - Glen Room 201/202

Astronomy is the world’s oldest science and it is fundamental to the traditional conscious of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The material evidence of medicine wheels and other manipulated landforms provide an insight into traditional ways of understanding indigenous views of the universe. The patterns of motion of celestial objects were used as a calendar, clock and for wayfinding. Engaging students in these complex concepts of sky science is challenging. Employing Indigenous traditional cosmology along with contemporary discovery helps students to comprehend practical applications of sky science. Jennifer Howse is an education specialist who has offered astronomy programming at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory for the past thirteen years. She will share her insights and resources related to Astronomy education through an Indigenous lens.
University of Calgary
Education Specialist

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