P UBLICATIONS - LOST IN TRANSLATION
5 September 2023
The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, is the leading platform for information and analysis on the feasibility, desirability, and acceptability of a connected series of infrastructure corridors throughout Canada. [...] We show that the contrast between the two knowledge forms is not merely linguistic, but also epistemological, and we ask how the use of Indigenous languages might contribute to closing the epistemological gap between TEK and EIA and so improve the decision-making around large projects in northern communities. [...] From these purposively sampled documents, we sought out Indigenous language translations for the frequently occurring non-Indigenous words, conducting a linguistic relativity analysis of the gaps that opened up between the EIA’s formulations and worldview, and the words and worldviews of the languages where TEK was developed. [...] In contrasting the ways that a selection of what he called “Standard Average European” languages and the Indigenous languages of North America he studied conceptualized key elements of their worldviews, he highlighted many of the potential pitfalls of trying to force grammatical and semantic elements of the latter to fit the descriptive categories of the former group of languages. [...] 10 ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY The School of Public Policy has become the flagship school of DISCLAIMER its kind in Canada by providing a practical, global and focused The opinions expressed in perspective on public policy analysis and practice in areas of energy these publications are the and environmental policy, international policy and economic and authors’ alone and therefore do not nec.