There are spaces that are magnificent, majestic, cathedral-like and soul nurturing. There are also spaces that evade our perception, so minute, so mysterious, but influential nevertheless. Most of these spaces are ancient, pre-dating our presence in their midst. What they have in common is that they need our human presence to acknowledge them in their form. This acknowledgement is an interface, an interaction, and an engagement of disparity, an engagement with the other. How we approach this interface of beings determines its authenticity and enduring qualities of engagement. The ethics of a living universe in all its forms guides the animation of these interactive spaces that can either result in our competency or see disintegration of our intentions. The presentation will discuss issues of ethics and rules of engagement with the seen and the unseen matrix we are immersed in.
Willie J. Ermine, (M.Ed) is an Emeritus Professor with the First Nations University of Canada. Willie is from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in the north central part of Saskatchewan where he lives with his family. Willie has lectured in the areas of Education, Humanities, Indigenous Studies and research methods. He has published numerous academic articles and contributed reports to the Tri Council Panel on Research Ethics. He has presented at various venues nationally and internationally and various national knowledge symposiums on the topics of education, research and in particular the nature of Indigenous thought. Willie has worked extensively with Elders in his research and promotes ethical practices of research involving Indigenous Peoples with particular interest in the conceptual development of the ‘ethical space’ – a theoretical space between cultures and world views.