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A new course at the University of Toronto offers students the opportunity to learn about astronomy through the lens of Indigenous knowledges – particularly those of Indigenous Peoples from Turtle Island.
Hilding Neilson, an assistant professor at the David A. Dunlap department of astronomy and astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts & Science, created the third-year course called “Indigenous Worldviews & Astronomy” for students who are interested in Indigenous perspectives, ethics and colonization in science.
Neilson, who is Mi’kmaw from the Qalipu First Nation, says he believes viewing astronomy exclusively through a Western lens can be limiting.