eLearning | Native Roots, Greener Futures: Walking the Kálhaculture Way (free course)

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Now live! Native Roots, Greener Futures: Walking the Kálhaculture Way. Our course is free for teens, their families and educators. Learn about climate change, indigenous wisdom and how to become an activist scholar in your community. If you are a parent or educator interested in a quality learning experience about the environment indigenous knowledge, traditional agriculture, mindfulness, medicinal plants and more, you will be interested in sharing this program with children and adults of all ages.

Native Roots, Greener Futures consists of 7 modules full of cases and activities that will guide students in applying indigenous knowledge to climate change problems and empowering them to become change-makers in their own communities.

The modules of this course are

1. Indigenous Ways of Knowing
2. The Problem: The Changing Climate is Changing Plants
3. Plants as Food, Plants as Medicine
4. Becoming an Activist Scholar
5. Stories of Activist Scholars: The Solution
6. The Očhéthi Šakówiŋ: A Case Story
7. Your Story Goes Here

This last module is very special as it provides a place for students to contribute to the course by sharing their vision and mission as change-makers.

Be the change!

“It is no coincidence that where healthy Fourth World [Indigenous] nations live and prosper based on their freely chosen political, cultural, economic and social way of life the living Earth also thrives. Thus, it is no surprise that Fourth World nations occupy 80% of the world’s remaining biodiverse rainforests, plains, tundra, mountain regions, estuaries, rivers and streams, and deserts.” – Rudolph C. Rÿser (Founder, Center for World Indigenous Studies) in Biodiversity Wars: Coexistence or Biocultural Collapse in the 21st Century (2020), Chapter 1 “Original Peoples”

Decolonization of the “recolonized” and the “still colonized” must now give way to the exercise of “peoples’” rights to determine their own social, economic, political, and cultural future in accord with the international principle. | Chapter-1, Biodiversity-Wars

Movements of farmers and farm labourers […] are headed for serious trouble if they do not factor in the problems of climate change (which have already devastated agriculture in India); if they do not locate themselves in, and link their battles to, an agroecological approach.

P. Sainath in “We Didn’t Bleed Him Enough”: When Normal is the Problem (counterpunch.org, 12 August 2020, first published in Frontline magazine)

“The tribal households traditionally had a backyard garden that had multiple, multilayered and multipurpose indigenous trees, plants, herbs, and shrubs.”
“The produce from this small garden was sufficient to meet the dietary and nutrition needs of a family for an entire year.” | Learn more about food crops that are resistant to pests, grow on poor soils, flourish under changed climatic conditions and offer high nutritive value >>

“The tribal food basket has always been ­diverse and nutritious, including maize, minor millets like kodo and kutki, oil seeds like ramtila, along with fruits, leaves, ­rhizomes, mushrooms, meat and fish. […] We have pushed them out of their complementary relationship with ecology, way of life and time-tested nutrition.” | Learn more >>

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