NFU University

About NFUniversity

With classes on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from October through April, NFUniversity features experts, researchers, farmers, and others on topics ranging from climate change, agroecology, seed policy, carbon markets, and beyond. The sessions build upon the foundational knowledge many NFU members and others already have, delving deeper to advance our understanding to a higher level, and increase our capacities to analyze and advocate. Recordings of previous NFUniversity classes are posted on our Past Classes page.

Classes take place on Zoom, from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific time. Each class includes a question-and-answer period after the speaker’s presentation. French interpretation will be provided if requested when registering at least one week in advance.

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Upcoming Classes

The Big Picture: Energy, Climate, Civilization, Money, and Everything

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Noon Pacific/ 1pm Mountain / 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern /4pm Atlantic

Imagine the biggest of big-picture views.  In his books, podcasts, and talks, Dr. Nate Hagens synthesizes thousands of years of history, knowledge of energy and food, psychology and sociology, and insights into economics and finance to give a panoramic picture of our civilizational predicament and ways we might redirect the human project away from catastrophe. Join us for some “connected-up thinking” that can generate new insights around responses and solutions.


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Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Noon BC + YK / 1pm AB + SK + NWT / 2pm MB / 3pm EDT / 4pm ADT / 4:30 NFL

What is the relationship between economic progress in the land now called Canada and the exploitation of Indigenous peoples? And what gifts embedded within Indigenous world views speak to miyo- pimâtisiwin ᒥᔪ ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ (the good life) and specifically to good economic relations? Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships draws on the knowledge systems of the nehiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ (Plains Cree people) to explain settler colonialism through the lens of economic exploitation. This talk looks at Indigenous knowledges and teachings on Indigenous economic relationships as tools that enable us to reimagine how we can aspire to the good life with all our relations.


Dr. Shalene Jobin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Governance, and Director of the Indigenous Governance and Partnership program at the University of Alberta. Dr. Jobin’s most recent publication is the book  Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships: Nehiyawak Narratives. She is also involved in Indigenous Approaches to Governance in the 21st Century and the Prairie Indigenous Relationality Network, co-founded the Wahkohtowin Law & Governance Lodge, and is co-creator and founding Academic Director of the Indigenous Partnership Development Program. Shalene is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family) and is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six).


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2023 Schedule

Thursday, January 12—Conserving Soil Carbon On Farms: An Ecosystem Perspective

Thursday, January 26—The surprising history of peasant abundance

Thursday, February 9—Seeds of Sustainability

Thursday, March 9—Solid Biofuels: Agricultural Biomass and BECCS (Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage)

Thursday, March 16—What We Knew a Half-Century Ago: The History of Environmental and Climate Knowledge

Thursday, March 23— Interest, debt and inflation – who’s winning?

Thursday, April 13—The Big Picture: Energy, Climate, Civilization, Money, and Everything

Thursday, April 27—TBA