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Indigenious Education: Ainu
October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
About the Event
The past several decades have seen a rise in interest in what is variously known as Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, or Traditional Ecological Knowledge as a compliment to Western scientific knowledge for responding to the world’s growing environmental concerns, or alternatively for re-conceptualizing social problems such as education or youth delinquency. Meanwhile, scholars of Japan in recent years have focused on the increasingly multicultural nature of the country. This presentation focuses on recent developments in Ainu policy to examine the issue of Japanese multiculturalism through the lens of Ainu rights as an Indigenous people. Arguments posed by Ainu activists fighting for economic and resource rights-recovery, the repatriation of their ancestor’s human remains, and the right to self-determination will be presented. Finally, the question of support for the maintenance and revitalization of Ainu Indigenous Knowledge will be investigated. Is Japan truly becoming more multicultural, and do recent developments in Ainu policy reflect this from the point of empowerment as an Indigenous people?
About the Speaker
Jeffry (Jeff) Gayman, PhD is Professor of Indigenous Education at Hokkaido University with affiliations in the Hokkaido University Research Faculty of Media and Communication and Hokkaido University School of Education. He has been working with the Ainu people since 2003 from the angle of education, where a lack of substantive national policy for the Ainu on educational fronts has led him to expand his research to include Japanese Indigenous policy and the possibilities for its transformation through Ainu activism. He has also been active in supporting Ainu activists as a translator, interpreter, and go-between with foreign Indigenous groups, and with human rights education on the Hokudai campus.