​​Indigenous Thoughts Network 



PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

PHILOSOPHY BY REGION

BRUCE FERGUSON'S

PROJECTS

​Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) Website

​WELCOME TO INDIGENOUS THOUGHT NETWORK

Indigenous Thoughts Network website is the focus of my interests and work in indigenous philosophy.  It is also a contact point to access my other planned internet based projects which still have to be developed and are listed as the blue buttons on the top right hand of this screen.


GOAL


​The idea of Indigenous Thought Network is to develop a network of thinkers, who are both indigenous and non-indigenous, to collectively work on getting our heads around what indigenous thought thinks about, how it approaches and describes knowledge and how it relates to western and eastern philosophy.  

OBJECTIVES


The Indigenous Thoughts Network is NOT an academic website; it is a site created and maintained by a non-academic indigenous person who is an undergraduate student in philosophy and one NOT trained in philosophy at the M.A. or PhD levels.  The goal of the website is simple;


  1. To act as a translator of the discipline of western philosophy, its concepts, methodology and truth claims to the indigenous community as a whole.
  2. To act also as one of many primary sources on indigenous thinking for indigenous and non-indigenous students, professors, researchers and writers.
  3. To encourage-facilitate discussions leading perhaps to a better sense as to the "nature" of indigenous metaphysics, epistemology and methodology and to the truth claims made by indigenous philosophers.
  4. To encourage-facilitate conversation about relational issues between indigenous thinking and western philosophy.


ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

I want to develop a dedicated set of projects housed under this website to be of service to the articulation of indigenous thought as a way of contributing to global conversation happening right now all over the world; not just to contribute but to benefit, learn and participate in this emerging interest; I want to see a more inclusive and global approach to philosophy.  

I hope in a good way that the website can facilitate the re-articulation of indigenous thought and how the application of those thoughts (theories) can contribute to global concerns.  I hope that I am able with the community to flush out new questions and perspectives that may assist the indigenous philosophical inquiry.   

Or, we can think about the bigger questions facing all human groups 


William Commonda (Kitigan-zibi Anishinabeg Community) Maniwaki, QC


and


Lynn Gehl

Click for her website)

Algonquin member of the Kitigan-Zibi Anishinabeg Community (Maniwaki,QC)


B.A. General Studies

Brandon University (1986)


Worked in various capacities in urban aboriginal community issues and organizations.


Took courses at: Douglas College, Universite Laval, UBC, Vancouver School of Theology

INDIGENIZING PHILOSOPHY - does not mean editing or "taking away" of mainstream philosophy, rather it is a proposal for philosophers to dig deeper, to subject their views to other world views and enjoy the learning journey that will result.   Valuing the accomplishments of the mainstream academic community while opening an excitement to expand their knowledge and re-assess both indigenous and mainstream thinking.


Like other great proposals; indigenization has its pro's and con's; the two following videos outline this conversation wtihin the indigenous community itself.  First the pro position followed by a con position.

While the above video thinks about eurocentric philosphy; it does through from a "white" perspective; it was one of stripping away ideology from identity about being white (i.e. the nature of white superiority),  It represents a partner in our conversation around indigenization as a means of balance.