“Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony” (2018), authored by Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson, was inspired by Haida ceremonial practice and provides a model for learning for educators that is holistic, relational, practical, and continuous. The authors encourage readers to consider the sk’ad’a (teaching) principles and what they might mean in the context of […]
Secwepemc Elder, Mike Arnouse shares the traditional knowledge of his community. He discusses the ways of life of Indigenous peoples before European contact and how colonialism has impacted their ways of life. He shares stories about the significance that the salmon held for his people, the creatures and the land. Mike also talks about his […]
In this interview, Mary Jane Joe shares her vision for Indigenous education. She explains the importance of future generations maintaining the knowledge of their elders and to keep their traditions alive. Mary Jane Joe is a knowledge keeper and Elder-in Residence at Langara College in Vancouver, BC.
Elder, Mona Sepass, from the Stó:lô Nation of the Fraser Valley region in southern British Columbia, shares how important it was for her to learn her language to better understand who she was and where she came. She discusses the importance of Indigenous youth carrying on the languages and traditions of their people. Mona also […]
Dr. Jo-ann Archibald shares the importance of getting ready to work with Indigenous stories using the principles of respect, responsibility, reverence and reciprocity. She shares how Indigenous storywork contributes to the goals within Indigenous education. Jo-ann also discusses working with Indigenous stories through the principles of holism, inter-relatedness, and synergy.
Verna J. Kirkness is from Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba and is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. She is an influential leader and pioneer in Indigenous education and has received numerous awards including the Order of Canada. Kirkness has made significant contributions to Indigenous educational policy in Canada. In […]