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MdM Keynote Speaker Series 2023: "Land Use is Dissent: Anti-Colonial Historical Ecology and Forest Garden Management in The Pacific Northwest"

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Prof. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, from Simon Fraser University  (Canada), will be giving a keynote at ICTA-UAB. You can also follow the event live by zoom (link below). 


MdM Keynote Speaker Series

Title:  “Land Use is Dissent: Anti-Colonial Historical Ecology and Forest Garden Management in The Pacific Northwest” 

Speaker: Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, Assistant Professor, Indigenous studies, Simon Fraser University (Canada)   

Date: Thursday, 30th of March 2023   Time: from 12:00 to 13:00  Venue: Room Z/022 - Z/023 - Online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84690674450?pwd=ZVArQmttREI2TTBDS280ZFNsNFJLUT09 ID de reunión: 846 9067 4450  Código de acceso: 262155 



Chelsey Geralda Armstrong is a historical ecologist and archaeologist specializing in ancient human land-use and landscape archaeology.She is Assistant Professor and Director of the Historical-Ecological Research Lab in Indigenous Studies at Simon Fraser University (Canada). She is conducting historical-ecological research in northern Ts'msyen and Gitxsan territories in so-called British Columbia with a focus on traditional resource and environmental management.

Land-use scientists increasingly recognize that ecological and anthropogenic forces have long interacted in complex ways, forming many of the landscapes we observe today. For example, Indigenous peoples’ legacies of plant cultivation and management can have profound effects on contemporary forest structure and species composition long after such practices have ceased. Beyond the scientific bearing such research provides, documenting Indigenous land-use has become increasingly important as a legal benchmark for asserting Indigenous title and sovereignty over unceded territories. This presentation combines various lines of evidence from ecological and archaeological sources, allowing us to document Indigenous orcharding and forest management throughout British Columbia (Canada), while challenging still-held narratives about people and their contested homelands. Historical-ecological studies may be a pathway for challenging colonial super structures that continue to underpin land-use in Canada. This collaborative research reflects on Indigenous peoples’ land-use as having positive effects on the lived landscapes and supports descendant communities seeking to re-integrate land-based foodways and livelihoods in unprecedented times.