Rich diversity of the Asia Pacific captured in Chiapas, Mexico at the first ever APRU Indigenous Knowledges meeting
APRU hosted the inaugural APRU Indigenous Knowledges Workshop in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, in early-November. The 5-day workshop included indigenous-led knowledge exchange, site visits, and panel discussions led by Tecnológico de Monterrey and the University of Melbourne under the theme Dialog surrounding Indigenous Knowledges within the Pacific Rim: Living Cultures and World Heritage. More than 25 APRU participants attended from Simon Fraser University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, the University of Auckland, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Melbourne, University of Oregon, and University of the Philippines to share best practice and create new connections to foster the exchange of indigenous knowledges across the Pacific Rim and beyond. Set on the backdrop of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, home to 68 Indigenous communities and 12 indigenous languages, the setting served as an important symbol of connectivity among the vast diversity of indigenous knowledges across the Asia Pacific. The workshop explored the interconnections between indigenous scholars, research, and mobility across the region. “This workshop is an example of APRU at its best, demonstrating how the Pacific Ocean is something that unites us rather than sets us apart,” said Professor Adrian Little, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne and leader of the APRU Indigenous Knowledges program. He added that “the foundation is now set to enable us to pursue these collaborations productively in the future.” “For Tec de Monterrey, it’s very important to work with the knowledge from our Indigenous peoples,” said Inés Sáenz, Vice President of Inclusion, Social Impact, and Sustainability at Tecnológico de Monterrey. “This event allows us to explore social innovation case studies among leading institutions of the Pacific Rim. We are also building on that knowledge base by sharing our experiences in preserving language, education, cultural diversity, and identity among our indigenous communities and within our institutions,” she added. Following welcome messages at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Center for Social Innovation (CIIS), participants gathered to appreciate a welcome indigenous ceremony and a display of fabric manufacturing processes by Indigenous artisans. The subsequent five sessions served as platforms for project presentations by the participating APRU universities. The 1st APRU Indigenous Knowledges Workshop involved field trips along the Kuxlejal cultural route and a boat trip in the Sumidero Canyon. APRU participants expressed that the event was an incredible opportunity to come together for the first time, sharing the Pacific Rim Universities’ experience of Indigenous knowledges. “We could see that even though we belong to different distant territories, we can come together to benefit our indigenous communities in the region,” said Adriana Rojas, APRU Senior Director, Network and Student Programs. “We were there to share our experiences and identify joint strengths to co-create a future together,” she added. Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne, pointed out that Indigenous internationalisation requires such partnership opportunities that facilitate knowledge exchange, understanding and collaboration between Indigenous Australians and First Nations peoples internationally. “We’ve been joined in Mexico by many experts, including our own Indigenous colleagues, who are shaping a focus on sharing best practice and the strength of what is ‘uniquely Australian’ within the Pacific Rim,” Wesley said. Video Recap Participant List Adriana Rojas Martinez, APRU Eldon Yellowhorn, Simon Fraser University Rennie Atfield-Douglas, The University of Auckland Te Kawehau Hoskins, The University of Auckland Linda Waimarie Nikora, The University of Auckland Michael Steedman, The University of Auckland Jemaima Tiatia, The University of Auckland David Romo, Universidad San Francisco de Quito Noelani Puniwai, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Brittany Carter, University of Melbourne Kirsten Clark, University of Melbourne Inala Cooper, University of Melbourne Aaron Corn, University of Melbourne Cameo Dalley, University of Melbourne Margot Eden, University of Melbourne Adrian Little, University of Melbourne Michael Wesley, University of Melbourne Brian Klopotek, University of Oregon Raymundo Dagsil Rovillos, University of the Philippines Tecnologico de Monterrey representatives from CIIS, CRDH, EHE, communications, international relations. Laura Arevalo, Tecnologico de Monterrey Felisa Gonzalez, Tecnologico de Monterrey Jose Paez, Tecnologico de Monterrey Julio Rubio, Tecnologico de Monterrey Judith Ruiz, Tecnologico de Monterrey Ines Saenz, Tecnologico de Monterrey Perla Salinas, Tecnologico de Monterrey Martha Velazquez, Tecnologico de Monterrey For more information about the event, please visit the event webpage here.
December 5, 2022more
UMelbourne News: An international focus on Indigenous knowledge
Representing the University of Melbourne at the APRU workshop: Kirsten Hausia, Margot Eden, Brittany Carter, Kirsten Clark, Professor Adrian Little, Dr Cameo Dalley, Professor Michael Wesley, Professor Aaron Corn. Original Post on The University of Melbourne Newsroom The University of Melbourne is delivering on its commitment to elevating Indigenous knowledge in teaching and learning by co-hosting the inaugural workshop of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ (APRU) Indigenous Knowledges Working Group in Chiapas, Mexico. Led by the University of Melbourne with Tecnológico de Monterrey, the Indigenous Knowledge Working Group brings together APRU members, many of whom have world-leading departments and programs in the areas of Indigenous, First Nations, Māori, Pacific, or Native American studies. The working group and workshop aimed to build focus on how universities can practice and promote comparative research and teaching in Indigenous studies. This aligns to the University’s goal of assisting in the recognition, curation and activation of Indigenous knowledges within academia, which is outlined in the University’s Advancing Melbourne 2030 strategy. As part of delivering this strategy, the Indigenous Internationalisation Plan works to overcome barriers to Indigenous staff and student participation in international experiences and encourage faculties to develop new initiatives to boost Indigenous staff and student international engagement. University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Michael Wesley said it was a privilege to be involved in such an important conversation and experience from its initial stages. “As Australia’s leading university, we have a pivotal role to play in progressing the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge into academia,” Professor Wesley said. “Indigenous internationalisation means we look for partnership opportunities that facilitate knowledge exchange, understanding and collaboration between Indigenous Australians and First Nations peoples internationally.” “We’ve been joined in Mexico by many experts, including our own Indigenous colleagues, who are shaping a focus on sharing best practice and the strength of what is ‘uniquely Australian’ within the Pacific Rim.” Professor Wesley said. The workshop, which ran from 1-5 November, was themed as a ‘Dialog surrounding Indigenous Knowledges within the Pacific Rim: Living Cultures and World Heritage’. The University of Melbourne’s work on Indigenous knowledges is led by the Indigenous Knowledge Institute and Murrup Barak. Staff from both institutes attended and contributed to the conversation, an opportunity for knowledge sharing and creating new connections to promote Indigenous heritage within the Pacific Rim. The University of Melbourne is also preparing to host the APRU Indigenous Knowledges Working Group workshop on campus in Parkville in 2023.
November 7, 2022more
Tec News: APRU universities meet in San Cristóbal de las Casas to hold dialog on indigenous knowledge in the Pacific Rim
Original Press Release from Tec in Spanish Monterrey, Nuevo León, on November 7, 2022.- The 1st Indigenous Knowledge Workshop has been held from November 1 to 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Center for Social Innovation (CIS), a space that fosters the connection between the academic community and indigenous communities through social innovation projects. This event was held to share best practices and collaborate on common interests to promote indigenous heritage in the Pacific Rim. The program consisted of five sessions, in which the University of Oregon, University of Auckland, University of Melbourne, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of the Philippines, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Simon Fraser University, and Tecnológico de Monterrey shared initiatives and projects to strengthen the commitment between researchers to promote and improve education programs on indigenous studies. Mexico is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Its indigenous population, which includes 68 indigenous peoples and 11 linguistic groups, is present in a fourth of the nation’s territories. Furthermore, San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas is a multicultural city where the worldview of indigenous peoples who are descendants of the Maya converges with the global vision of visitors and residents worldwide. “For Tec de Monterrey, it’s very important to work with the knowledge from our indigenous peoples. At this event, besides exploring better best practices in social innovation from different parts of the Pacific Rim, knowledge and experiences were shared about preserving the language, education, cultural diversity, and identity,” said Inés Sáenz, Vice President of Inclusion, Social Impact, and Sustainability at Tecnológico de Monterrey. “The state of Chiapas is home to 12 indigenous languages that are fundamental to the identity of the indigenous peoples from these lands, for preserving their culture, worldview, and expressing their self-determination,” she added. “We’re here to highlight a series of dreams and realizations about cultural diversity in all its forms. As universities, we’ll continue to promote recognition of human dignity and representation,” said Felisa González, Director of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Center for Recognition of Human Dignity. At the event, Dr. María Patricia Pérez Moreno, a Tzeltal Maya from Bachajón in Chiapas who is Deputy Director of the Regional Planning Department at the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, presented the talk “The p’ijilaletik (wisdom) of indigenous peoples: challenges and advances in its recognition and visibility.” Its purpose was to address the current context around the efforts made regarding knowledge from communities and the challenges still being faced. Pérez Moreno mentioned that “we not only need to recognize and accept the p’ijilaletik of indigenous peoples, but also the people and their way of life, that they can build better communities, health services, and access to education, as a reflection of the lekil kuxlejal (the good life) that everyone should be entitled to,” she said. The program included immersion activities in indigenous communities where attendees could connect with people and their cultures, as well as witness traditions such as the Mayan Fire ceremony and the ritual of the Tzotzil community in San Juan Chamula. Photograph download link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10WWlukEP2rRwt_XH-hl6HawH7770cTmU More on APRU Indigenous Knowledges Working Group: https://www.apru.org/our-work/university-leadership/indigenous-knowledges-working-group/ For more information about the workshop, please visit here. About Tecnológico de Monterrey Tecnológico de Monterrey (https://tec.mx/es) is a private, not-for-profit, multi-campus university system. Since it was founded in 1943, it has stood out for its academic excellence, educational innovation, entrepreneurship, and internationalization, as well as its outreach with industry and employers, and its proven track record. It has campuses in 29 Mexican cities; 67,000 undergraduate and graduate students and almost 7,000 professors; as well as more than 26,000 high school students and 2,500 professors at that level. The institution has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1950. According to the QS World University Rankings (2022), it holds 161st place, ranked number 30 among the world’s private universities; and number 1 in Latin America and 26th in the world in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2022). In the Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings (2022), it is number 4 in Latin America; as well as being the only university outside the U.S. in the Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Ranking (2022) from Princeton Review and Entrepreneur, occupying 6th place in entrepreneurship programs at undergraduate level. It belongs to several networks with international prestige, such as the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Universitas 21 (U21), and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). About APRU As a network of 60 leading universities linking the Americas, Asia, and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, APRU (https://apru.org/) brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on practical solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. They leverage their members’ collective education and research capabilities into the international public policy process. In the post-pandemic era, their strategic priorities focus on providing a neutral platform for high-level policy dialogue, taking action on climate change, and supporting diversity, inclusion, and minorities. APRU’s primary activities support these strategic priorities with a focus on critical areas such as disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, indigenous knowledge, virtual student exchange, esports, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence, waste management, and more. Press Contacts: Teresa Barragán Tecnológico de Monterrey [email protected] T.: (81) 8088 4819 Daniela García Alterpraxis [email protected] T.: (55) 5059 1135 Jack Ng Director, Communications APRU [email protected]
November 7, 2022more
Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series
The APRU Indigenous Knowledges Working Group concluded the Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series on June 24. Academics from APRU Universities members and other guest universities could have an insightful exchange of ideas and strategies to explore relevant topics around Indigenous knowledges worldwide. As many as fifteen researchers working in a broad range of academic fields and community contexts presented their findings during five virtual events framed on the following topics: indigenous design and property regimes, reclaiming indigeneity, unsettling indigeneity, indigenous researchers forging flourishing indigenous futures, and inclusive education. They highlighted indigenous-led methodologies, indigenous language, and place-based research. Dr. Fredy Grefa, Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), used the Ecuadorian government’s Planes de Vida project to illustrate that well-intentioned initiatives may lead to an opposite outcome. Grefa spent two months researching in the Amazonian area covered by the Planes de Vida project. The project’s stated aim is to identify where the government should invest in infrastructure, socioenvironmental projects, and institutional build-up to meet the needs of Amazonian peoples. “I have found that indigenous concepts, methodologies and practices were absent and that the needs to comply with the timeline and formalities of state prevented the inclusion of Amazonian peoples,” Grefa said. Dr. Mohi Rua, Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, The University of Waikato, contextualized the precarity in the lives of the Whanau (Māori) and explained the government’s primary responses to precarity. “The precariat is defined by insecure employment, income insecurity, fewer political and economic rights, with Whanau having to perform a lot of work outside their paid jobs in appeasing the state, such as by queuing and form-filling,” Rua said. “The main responses to poverty are economic growth, which actually constitutes a pyramid scheme; crisis management through reliance on charity and philanthropy; government policies, such as aid for families; and the call to simply get a job to escape the poverty trap” he added. Moreover, Huiyu Lin, PhD Candidate, University of Washington, shared her insights on reclaiming Taiwan’s Indigeneity and Indigenous language reclamation. “We must focus on Indigenous perspectives and how they make sense and the importance of understanding the nuances of a specific community,” Lin said. “We have to cultivate an equal, authentic and reciprocal relationship between community and researchers,” she added. Presenters in the Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series were Dr. Fredy Grefa, Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Dr. Luke Hespanhol, Senior Lecturer in Design, The University of Sydney Prof. Linda Waimarie Nikora FRSNZ, Professor Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence, The University of Auckland Prof. Tahu Kukutai FRSNZ, Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence, and Professor of Demography based at Te Ngira – Institute for Population Research Prof. Jenny Lee-Morgan, Director of Ngā Wai a te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, UNITEC Institute of Technology Dr. Mohi Rua, Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, The University of Waikato Dr. Shaun Awatere, Kaihaūtu Māori Research Impact Leader for Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute Ms. Ja Yung Kim, PhD student, University of Auckland Ms. Huiyu Lin, PhD Candidate, University of Washington Prof. Brian Klopotek, Associate Professor, University of Oregon Ms. Karminn Cheryl Dinney Daytec Yañgot, Teaching Fellow / PhD student, University of the Philippines Dr. Elga Andriana, Researcher, Lecturer/Dr, Universitas Gadjah Mada Dr. Indra Yohanes Kiling, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Universitas Nusa Cendana Prof. David Evans, Professor of Special and Inclusive Education, The University of Sydney Prof. Jodie Hunter, Associate Professor, Massey University Moderators were Prof. Adrian Little, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of Melbourne Prof. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya Prof. Jessica Bissett Perea, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis Prof. Celina Solís, PhD candidate, The University of British Columbia For more information about the seminar series and the APRU working group on Indigenous Knowledges, please visit the event webpage here or contact us at [email protected]
July 8, 2022more
APRU Indigenous Knowledges Working Group progresses with Fall 2021 Studies Seminar
The Fall 2021 Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar led by the Universiti Malaya (UM) and University of California, Davis (UCD), brought together the work of APRU members together to share knowledge, build connections between researchers, and enhance teaching programs in Indigenous and First Nations Studies. Many APRU members have world-leading departments and programs in the areas of Indigenous, First Nations, Māori, Pacific, or Native American Studies. While institutions conduct outstanding research in these fields, the deeply contextual nature of most Indigenous Studies has meant that there has been insufficient focus on how universities can practice and promote comparative research and teaching in this area. The Fall 2021 seminars facilitated fruitful exchanges between UM and UCD faculty, students, and alumni, who conduct research with, by, and for Indigenous Peoples and communities. Participants took the opportunity to explain how their respective universities are engaged in a wide range of relevant research areas. The four seminars focused on Land Rights and Management; Arts and Values; Living Languages; and Histories and Leadership. “We at UCD are strong in the fields of social, racial and environmental justice as well as inclusion, and Indigenous Studies are obviously tied to all these fields and constitute an important focus area within the UCD system” said Dr. Joanna Regulska, a UCD Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and UCD’s Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs. Dr. Yvonne Lim Ai Lian, UM’s Director of International Relations Office and Professor at UM’s Department of Parasitology, introduced UM’s reach out to the Indigenous peoples in the Malaysian Peninsular and Sabah in East Malaysia. The research team has some Indigenous members. “We are really proud to share the Indigenous peoples’ cultures, and there is a lot of great information we can share within the APRU Indigenous Knowledges Network,” Lim said. “I am really looking forward to a reopening of the borders after the pandemic to have the opportunity to travel and visit our peers in the network,” she added. Dr. Ruhana Padzil, Senior Lecturer at UM’s Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, reported on her research on grassroots activism amongst Orang Asli, the oldest inhabitants of Peninsular Malaysia. Padzil’s research focusses on Orang Asli women activists in Leftists movements. “It is extremely interesting for me to learn how exactly these women joined the Communists and what their motivations were,” Padzil said. The APRU Indigenous Knowledges Network will continue to hold annual events and explore opportunities to expand into the Asia-Pacific region. The series was organized and led by Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea (Dena’ina [Alaska Native]) (Musicology), Associate Professor of Native American Studies, UC Davis; Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom (Bidayuh) (Anthropology), Universiti Malaya; Dr. Patricia Nora Anak Riget (Bidayuh) (Linguistics), Deputy Director of International Relations Office and Senior Lecturer, Department of Asian and European Languages, Universiti Malaya; and Dr. Kamal Solhaimi Bin Fadzil (Anthropology), Senior Lecturer, Anthropology and Sociology, Universiti Malaya. The collaboration for the seminar series was initiated through the mentoring match between UC Davis and Universiti Malaya faculty of the APRU APWIL Mentoring Program, which has become a framework for success for other mentoring pairs of the program now and for the future. Read more about their experiences at here.
January 4, 2022more