New Indigenous Environmental Science Program Makes Headlines

About 20 students in a group outdoors

U of G students gather at a section of the Eramosa River outside of Guelph for a land-based learning excursion

U of G’s new Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice program was featured in an article in the Guelph Mercury Tribune and republished in the Toronto Star.

Environmental sciences professor Dr. Jonathan Schmidt, who chaired the working group that pushed the program forward,told the newspaper the program was more than a decade in the making.

Dr. Jesse Popp, OAC Chair of Indigenous Environmental Science, who teaches the Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice course, said the program emphasizes the importance of weaving together different knowledge systems and ways of understanding the world.

The new program features field trips to Indigenous communities and organizations, interactive labs and participation in discussion circles and ceremony. Core courses will address Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous-settler relations in Canada, including the legal and political context that surrounds environmental decision making in our country.