I emailed those colleagues today with an article, "Decolonizing Our Practice -- Indigenizing Our Teaching" by Pete, Schneider and O'Reilly.
I've just started the reading, and when I finish, I'll post a short reflection in the comments at the end of this post. Feel free to do the same.
For starters, though, I'd like to reflect on the opening section, "Situating Ourselves" by Dr. Pete who says the following:
"I have unapologetically re-centered Indigenous knowledge ways, privileged Indigenous scholars in my resource selections, structured learning activities and designed courses to ensure that my students will learn to teach Indigenous children and youth more effectively. I have had the privilege of working with elders, traditional knowledge keepers, storytellers, and other Indigenous educators. They have each in turn informed, and reaffirmed the approaches that I have chosen for my professional practices." p 101
I immediately thought of our 2015 grade ten participation in the magazine project, Kitoskayiminawak Pikiskwewak: Our Young People Speak -- The Holistic Edition. Hats off to Sandy Pinay-Schindler of Prairie Valley School Division who has spear-headed this project, now in its fourth edition. This year we had teachings from five knowledge keepers, including Elder Sharon Bear, pictured below speaking with Bert Fox Community High School students and staff. I am thankful to have experienced some "re-centering".