The Indigenous knowledge paradigm is a sophisticated way of knowing and being, rather than what many settler and colonial people think it is: fluffs and feathers. My work always emerges from an Indigenous knowledge paradigm rather that an anti-colonial or critical theory framework, where as such the criteria of evaluating its worth must also come from the Indigenous knowledge paradigm which include valuing knowledge is experiential, personal, subjective, practiced, and wholistic.
If you are in doubt about the sophisticated nature of Indigenous knowledge and you think western knowledge is superior, I suggest you think about the quality of the water you drink, the quality of air you breathe, and the quality of land you reside on. Is western science and the western legal tradition working for you and your family? No, it is not. You may have a home and a car and other material possessions but the water you drink and air you breathe and the food you eat is contaminated.
It is indeed sophisticated to value that rocks, land, water, trees, fruit, winged, four legged, and all the other beings are your siblings. It is indeed sophisticated to sing and pray for these siblings. Loving the Earth and all HER gifts is indeed a smart way to practice and think. Ask yourself, “How has learning O Canada protected the water I and my family drink?” and be silent and do some deep thinking as it is said that there are 4 layers to knowledge. I am convinced that once you get to the fourth layer you will come to understand that valuing Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous jurisdiction is the only way human beings will live better with the Earth and all HER gifts. Stand behind Indigenous people and Follow the Turtle. It is the better way.
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