Reading Club Session 2 Resources

Session Recording

Disrupting Molded Images: Identities, responsibilities and relationships—teachers and indigenous subject material by Susan Dion

This paper explores the complexities of teachers’ understanding of their relationship with Aboriginal people. Drawing on her current work with teachers, the author offers a method for initiating a critical pedagogy of remembrance that allows teachers to attend to and learn from the biography of their relationship with Aboriginal people.

Silencing Aboriginal Curricular Content and Perspectives Through Multiculturalism: “There Are Other Children Here” by Verna St. Denis

The article then draws on data from two recent studies that have explored the experiences of Aboriginal teachers as they seek to include Aboriginal content and perspectives into public schools. By inciting multiculturalism, public schools effectively limit meaningful incorporation of Aboriginal content and perspectives into public schools.

Readings for students in the classroom:

  • Decolonizing Teaching Indigenizing Learning has “curriculum bundles are not lesson plans, but are…offered as rich collections of knowledge and resources that will help users develop lessons and units that meet the needs of their students and honour the land that they teach on. Multiple curricular connections across grades and subject areas have been included in each [one].”

  • What topic are you teaching? The First Nations Education Steering Committee offers a wide range of resources for incorporating local people’s knowledge at a wide range of topics and grade levels.

  • This site is created to help educators in British Columbia understand how they might incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) into their classrooms and schools. Some educators will see that the Principles reflect what they already believe, and are doing in their schools and classrooms. Other educators will see concepts embedded in the principles that challenge some of the post-industrial Euro-centric beliefs about education. Either way, this site is not intended to be a comprehensive exploration of First Peoples (or Indigenous) education. It is instead, a beginning (or continuation) of a conversation.

  • Created by the author of one of the chapters discussed in our session, Haida Manga, author and illustrator Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has created several beautiful and informative works, such as Red: A Haida Manga, and Flight of the Hummingbird. “Referencing a classic Haida oral narrative, this stunning full-color graphic novel documents the tragic story of a leader so blinded by revenge that he takes his community to the brink of war and destruction.”