Thu., Nov. 12 | Webinar

World Virtual Indigenous Circle | Open Science and the Decolonization of Knowledge

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World Virtual Indigenous Circle | Open Science and the Decolonization of Knowledge

Time & Location

Nov. 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

About the Event

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Lekwungen Territory time (PST)


The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education are collaborating in supporting an international webinar series in support of the UNESCO consultations on the creation of a Recommendation on Open Science, an international normative document to be adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November of 2021. The webinar series is based on a brief prepared by Florence Piron (Université Laval), Leslie Chan (University of Toronto), Lorna Williams (University of Victoria, Lil’wat First Nation), Rajesh Tandon (PRIA India) and Budd Hall (University of Victoria). The title of the brief is “Open Science Beyond Open Access: For and With Communities A Step Towards the Decolonization of Knowledge”. Available here:


  • STOLȻEȽ John Elliott, Tsartlip First Nation
  • Katsi Cook, Wolf Clan Mohawk Akwesasne

Why we are gathering:

  • Lorna Wanostsa’7 Williams, Lil’wat First Nation, Professor Emerita, University of Victoria, Canada


  • Laurie Robinson, Mahingan Sagaigan Nation, Executive Director, Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, Ontario

What are we doing; what do we want to do? Opening remarks:

  • Sebastien Gouptil, Secretary-General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium
  • Carrie Bourassa, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Dominique Berube / David Newhouse, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
  • Kevin Fitzgibbons, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


  • Leroy Little Bear, Blackfoot First Nation, Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge, Canada
  • Gregory Cajete, Tewa, Santa Clara Pueblo, Professor, University of New Mexico
  • Wangoola Wangoola Nduwala, Nabyama, MPAMBO African Multiversity, Busoga, Uganda
  • Zanisah Man, Orang Asli Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Sonajharia Minz, Vice-Chancellor Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka, India
  • Jazmin Romero Epiayu, Wayuu activist, Colombia
  • Ed Connors, Kahnewake First Nation, Psychologist
  • Manulani Aluli Meyer, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu

Participants’ presentations - Open mic


  • Jose Barreiro, Taino, Cuba; Emeritus Smithsonian Institute, USA
  • Kevin Lowe, Gubbi Gubbi, Scientia Indigenous Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia


  • Song from Hawaii by Manulani Aluli Meyer


  • Dorothea Harris, Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, University of Victoria
  • Patti Ryan, President, Southside Communications Inc

Art is by William Good (artist) with permission from Ay Lelum – the Good House of Design.