Indigenous Cultural Landscapes and the Climate Crisis

Wednesday 8 November 2023 (16:00-17:30)

This event is organized by the International Centre for Heritage (ICH), in collaboration with the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC). 

Speaker: Cody Groat

(Online event)

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada have each developed strategies associated with the commemoration of Indigenous cultural landscapes. These recognize the national and international significance that is associated with the interrelationship between humans and the natural environment. The commemoration of Indigenous cultural landscapes has become increasingly consequential as forests burn, glaciers melt, and species face extinction. In this presentation, Cody Groat, an Assistant Professor of History and Indigenous Studies at Western University (Canada) and a graduate of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, will discuss the complex legacies of commemoration and the role that it can play for environmental preservation and stewardship in the twenty-first century.