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Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives on Climate Change Adaptation - ONLINE

Equitable and just climate action demands the integration of Indigenous perspectives in climate adaptation and mitigation. This 4-week, online course has been designed by Indigenous knowledge holders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous subject matter experts, and instructional designers. Learners will develop a broad, foundational understanding of Indigenous worldviews and perspectives on climate change, the environment, and environmental management. Learners will consider how and where Indigenous leadership can restore better practices across social and political landscapes, providing a starting point through which further learning and exploration of Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, voices, and cultural practices can emerge. Recognition of the role that colonialism has played in the climate crisis is critical. Learners (specifically, non-Indigenous learners), will leave the course with an increased capacity to understand and support Indigenous-led climate projects and practice decolonization.
Facilitator: Janis Brooks

Learning Outcomes
Learners will acquire an introductory understanding on Indigenous perspectives in climate adaptation and mitigation. The course encourages learners to practice a shift in perspectives and values related to our shared relations with the planet. Learners will develop the skills and competencies to respectfully and productively support Indigenous-led climate action projects.

Learner Effort
The course consists of 5 hours per module (4 modules in total) + 5 hours devoted to an assessment(s). This equates to approximately 6 hours of learner effort per week.

Live (Synchronous) Sessions
Live (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled by the instructor. Learners will be notified of the time of these sessions in the course. Live (synchronous) sessions will be recorded for learners unable to attend.

Computer Requirements
A week prior to the course start date learners will receive an email from Royal Roads University Professional and Continuing Studies with information on how to access the online course. At that time learners will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize themselves with the online learning platform. Learners will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: computerservices.royalroads.ca/computer_equip_requirements.

Microcredential
This course is eligible to be used as a core course credit in the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential. Interested individuals seeking a broader, foundational knowledge base in climate action may wish to expand upon the learnings of this course by enrolling in this micro-credential.

Learn more about the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential here