'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
Nicole Mortillaro, CBC
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Michel Labrecque

Michel Labrecque is an Assistant Curator at Ingenium Museums. Since joining the Collection and Research Branch in 2010, Michel has actively participated in the development of artifact based collections in the physical sciences, medicine and communications areas, and efforts to make them accessible and digital. As part of the team involved in the renewal of the Canada Science & Technology Museum, Michel also co-curated the Hidden Worlds exhibition. M. Labrecque brings over 25 years of Museum-based work in public and astronomy programming, and has developed many subject based educational materials, programs, camps and special events to a broad range of audiences. He is most proud of the teamwork associated with the reopening the new Museum, and the small role he played in the restoration of the 1880's Cooke & Sons refracting telescope.