'We come from the stars': How Indigenous peoples are taking back astronomy

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The northern lights
The northern lights

For the past 14 years, Wilfred Buck, an Elder from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and science facilitator with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, has been teaching astronomy from an Indigenous perspective.  

Buck has strong ties with Ingenium. In 2017, he and Annette S. Lee (Founder of Native Skywatchers) co-curated the exhibition, "One Sky, Many Astronomies" for the new Canada Science and Technology Museum. The exhibition features Mista Muskwa — a Bear Ininew constellation story — and an interactive planisphere. Buck and Lee are now part of an Ingenium team developing an international exhibit on this topic. 

Read more about how astronomers are turning to teaching Indigenous star knowledge in this article by Nicole Mortillaro, senior science reporter with the CBC.

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'We come from the stars': How Indigenous peoples are taking back astronomy
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Michel Labrecque is an Assistant Curator at Ingenium Museums. Since joining the Collection and Research Branch in 2010, Michel has actively participated in the heritage and collection development of the physical sciences, space, astronomy, and communications areas. His curatorial work not only includes a role in the restoration of the Cooke & Sons refracting telescope (ca. 1880), but also the development of Museum exhibitions, such as the Exploring Earth travelling exhibition scheduled to open in 2021, the Hidden Worlds permanent and on-line exhibition (2017), as well as the new #CuratingUnderQuarantine initiative. Michel is a regular contributor to the Ingenium Channel, and excited to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Innovation Lab to make Ingenium collections digital, and more accessible than ever. In addition to his work as an Assistant curator, Michel brings over 25 years of Museum-based work and experience in public programming, where he developed many subject and artifact based educational programs, materials, camps and special events to a broad range of audiences.