Indigenous Education Month spotlight: Fernanda Yanchapaxi

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Over the month of November, Indigenous education, awareness, knowledge and ways of knowing were explored, celebrated and observed across many educational institutions. One of them was the Ontario Institute of Education at the University of Toronto (OISE).

The concluding spotlight is a short by poignant interview with Fernanda Yanchapaxi, a doctoral student who is researching ways to protect Indigenous knowledges for future generations. Yanchapaxi was born and raised in Ecuador, and is of Indigenous (Kichwa Panzaleo) and Meztizx heritage.

Fernanda’s research “looks at the ways in which Western intellectual property rules are unsuitable for the protection of Indigenous knowledges. As a part of this, I am interested in how these laws and regulations legitimize – even if unintentionally – colonial practices of appropriation and threatens Indigenous sovereignty”.

Check out the piece from OISE News here, and share with us how you are approaching Indigenous knowledges in your work. Are the frameworks we have for recognizing evidence and knowledge courageous enough to go where Fernanda’s research leads?