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Tackling coloniality in plant sciences: Legacies and paths forward

Klymiuk, Az [1], Cardinal-McTeague, Warren [2], Heyduk, Karolina [3].

Tackling coloniality in plant sciences: Legacies and paths forward.

As a discipline, botany is deeply rooted in historical European/Western colonial enterprises. Everything from our collections to our institutions default upon colonial legacies and practices. Moving forward in a meaningful way requires a deep understanding of past and ongoing colonialism, including unconscious coloniality. Euro/Western-centrism, structural inequity, and coloniality are deeply intertwined, and as we move to position our science as anti-racist, and to redress systemic inequities faced by historically underrepresented peoples within our discipline, we must also critically engage with how colonialism has shaped and continues to structure the field of botany. This symposium will initiate decolonial conversations through: a) examination of historical colonial practises in plant sciences, b) examples of how ongoing colonialism and unconscious coloniality continue to exclude non-European/Western practitioners and viewpoints, and most importantly c) centering Indigenous systems of knowledge, worldviews, and ways of knowing. If decolonization of the academy is possible, decolonial approaches call for structural change that includes but is not limited to: how we valuate systems of knowledge; how we engage with each other and with Land; how we distribute resources including intellectual and social capital within the academy; and how we specifically redress the impacts to Indigenous nations in lands occupied through settler colonialism. To initiate genuine decolonial practises, we first need to understand what colonialism is, and to understand how Indigneous ways of knowing and relating differ from what have been considered normative practises and systems of value in science. We also propose to pair this symposium with a colloquium, which will create a platform for local and global Indigenous scientists, students, and community members to share research and lived experiences with plants.

1 - University Of Manitoba, Biological Sciences, 50 Sifton Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3t 2M5, Canada
2 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
3 - University Of Hawai'i, School Of Life Sciences, 1800 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI, 96822, United States

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Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Number: S5SUM
Abstract ID:1249
Candidate for Awards:None

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