What is Indigenous Science?
Securing Indigenous Knowledge
We have a voice
Indigenous Peoples have unique cultures, traditions and knowledge. Their collective wisdom and worldviews are much needed since they hold the future of our planet on their hands. Spreaded in over 90 countries around the world, they manage and maintain the healthiest ecosystems of the planet that are essential to produce food, to provide freshwater and for climate stability.
Indigenous Peoples hold crucial environmental knowledge to preserve biodiversity and ecosystems. Thus, there are a lot of lessons for the modern world to learn the ways in which Indigenous Peoples have understood and co-existed with the environment, the Indigenous social-and ecological interactions, especially for exploring lessons and principles for living in harmony with nature.
We fully support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The need to preserve Indigenous Knowledge
Research involving Indigenous Peoples has been defined and carried out primarily by Western/non-Indigenous researchers using approaches that not reflect Indigenous worldviews and that do not necessarily benefited Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. Consequently, justice may be compromised due to power imbalances between the researcher and the communities.
Harms resulting from research have included misappropriation of stories, devaluation of Indigenous Knowledge, and data sharing problems.
Indigenous Science endeavor is to create respectful approaches in any field or discipline that is conducted by, grounded in or engaged with Indigenous Communities, their wisdom, culture and knowledge systems for the full defense of such knowledge and the construction of social and environmental justice for Indigenous Peoples and Nations.