Land as Pedagogy - Keynote by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
The NEW NATURE Opening Keynote will be offered by the multi-talented Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation, her work breaks open the intersections between politics, decolonization, climate change, storytelling and song — bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. Her poetry, essays, spoken-word pieces, short stories, academic papers, and anthologies, have influenced a new generation of indigenous creators and activists.
Speaking to the NEW NATURE participants and the general public over live stream, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will read from a selection of traditional stories and will expand on her notion of 'land as pedagogy’, in an invitation to reconsider the systems of knowledge and of knowing that have long dominated our relationship to nature and to land. The readings will be accompanied by a short film screening and followed by a conversation with Ian Mauro, and an extended Q&A with the public.
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