I first came into contact with Leroy Little Bear when I was a CBC Radio journalist, and by 2002 he was a regular guest on ‘Nightwatch
’ an experimental all night talk show I produced out of Edmonton with host Don Hill. Leroy has many honours to his credit including the Alberta Order of Excellence and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is the founding director of the inter-faculty Native American Program at Harvard University, and was instrumental in creating the Native American Studies program at the University of Lethbridge.
Leroy is also someone who has never abandoned traditional ways while still recognizing and respecting Western based science. He has shown that they are compatible even though they approach challenges from different perspectives.
The recent announcement of the first Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grants
appears to be a sign that the federal government embraces the same notion. Part of Prof Little Bear’s work over the years has been to bring differing views together to find common ground and to help people learn from each other.
He took some time to talk with his long-time friend Don Hill who does regular podcasts for us here at Genome Alberta. In this 9-minute podcast you’ll gain some insight into how native ad non-native science can use different approaches to problem solving and arrive at similar conclusions.