UBC Graduate Research

Nurture, Heal, Feast : Repeat Eisenberg, Benjamin


Around the world today, 7 million coastal Indigenous peoples consume 15 times more seafoods than nonindigenous people in the same country. With continued pollution, overfishing, and limiting access to Indigenous coastal foods, Indigenous coastal communities will be disproportionately affected by sea level rise and climate change. Before colonization however, Indigenous peoples have not only been living with, but nurturing coastal lands and waters since time immemorial so that both people and ecosystems thrive. In working with the səlililw̓ ̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nation of what is now called the British Columbia coastline, we strive to better understand how Indigenous Ecological Knowledge of the British Columbia coastline can be paired with adaptive technology in a way that helps mitigate the effects of climate change on the səlililw̓ ̓ətaʔɬ Nation’s shoreline? How can this pairing help to providing a stable food source and space for intergenerational knowledge sharing? Through alternative forms of landscape architectural representation, this project presents a vision through Virtual Reality where coastal adaptation and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge are woven together so future foodscapes of the British Columbia coastline, and beyond, can be experienced today.

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