Indigenous astronomical knowledge largely untapped

TORONTO — Only two Canadian post-secondary institutions — the University of Western Ontario in London and the University of Toronto — offer astronomy or physics courses that include Indigenous perspectives. Hilding Nielson, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto, believes this is damaging for his field of study because “if you use Indigenous knowledge on one hand and traditional western science on the other, we should be able to achieve more than either has on their own.” Still, barriers remain that prevent most post-secondary institutions in Canada from teaching Indigenous astronomy.

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