The University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu hosted ʻIke ʻAina: Indigenous Land-Based Education Symposium on Thursday, Jan. 5, in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan’s Masters program in Indigenous Land-Based Education.
MA’O Organic Farms‘ Social Enterprise Director, Kamuela Enos, was the keynote speaker for the symposium, which served to promote ʻaina-based projects. The symposium also featured panel discussions on topics such as, “Land is language,” “Activating and mobilizing knowledge,” ” Indigenist pedagogy,” and “Extending relationality.”
“Land-Based Education is a world-wide movement,” UH West Oʻahu Director of Indigenous Education, Manulani Aluli Meyer said. “We are linking with the First Nations people of Canada through the University of Saskatchewan because their Masters in Indigenous Land-Based Education can serve as the next chapter for our Sustainable Community Food Systems, Hawaiian-Pacific Studies, or Education graduates!”
The event was supported by the PIKO Project, University of Saskatchewan’s Masters program in Indigenous Land-Based Education, and Camp Palehua.