Jennifer Grenz, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Grenz is a researcher and Indigenous (Nlaka’pamux) Scholar, currently working in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. She has worked professionally in invasive species management for almost two decades and has recently completed a PhD, which focused on applying an Indigenous worldview to invasion biology and ecology. Dr. Grenz’s work challenges us to think differently about our role in ecosystem management, something very important as we face a rapidly changing climate. Dr. Grenz is a science communicator, weed chaser, textile artist, farmer, and proud Indigenous woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Jennifer will introduce an indigenous perspective on gardening and our relationship with the land.

Presentation: Applying an Indigenous Ecology to the Garden

Indigenous peoples have been purposefully shaping lands since time immemorial to serve the needs of their communities. Colonial notions of “naturalness” and who Indigenous peoples are, have contributed to a misunderstanding of our landscapes today and the importance of human relationships to healthy ecosystems. Dr. Grenz will share her work to reclaim Indigenous Forest Gardens, the import lessons they teach us about how we think about gardens today, and how essential these systems are to all relations.

Twitter – @Jennifer_Grenz

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