Presentation Title

Collaborating With Indigenous Community to Restore Our Landscapes

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Start Date

1-3-2021 2:20 PM

End Date

1-3-2021 2:30 PM

Abstract

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland State University's Indigenous Nations Studies Department have formed a collaborative partnership for an innovative project that is reimagining best practices for habitat restoration and community engagement. The project is based on integrating Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge (ITECK) throughout the process of restoring a former pumpkin patch into a healthy first foods wetland habitat. Through relationship and trust building, this project has begun breaking ground to reveal the unique possibilities of meaningful engagement with Indigenous people for healing our landscapes, both environmental and social. After two years into the project, a wealth of lessons learned have emerged. In this talk, we will give an overview of these lessons including respecting cultural knowledge, planting design planning, land tending strategies, risk assessment for harvesting, and addressing institutional equity barriers.

Subjects

Environmental social sciences, Habitat restoration, Land/watershed management, Plant ecology

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35498

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Collaborating With Indigenous Community to Restore Our Landscapes

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland State University's Indigenous Nations Studies Department have formed a collaborative partnership for an innovative project that is reimagining best practices for habitat restoration and community engagement. The project is based on integrating Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge (ITECK) throughout the process of restoring a former pumpkin patch into a healthy first foods wetland habitat. Through relationship and trust building, this project has begun breaking ground to reveal the unique possibilities of meaningful engagement with Indigenous people for healing our landscapes, both environmental and social. After two years into the project, a wealth of lessons learned have emerged. In this talk, we will give an overview of these lessons including respecting cultural knowledge, planting design planning, land tending strategies, risk assessment for harvesting, and addressing institutional equity barriers.