Indigenous Education: Community Insights and Introspections


NCCIE has created this video montage, which is a sampling of community voices gathered from several NCCIE 'stories' that you will find on NCCIE.CA. In this video you will hear community members, Elders, and Knowledge Holders from across the country share their insights and introspections in response to the following questions:

  • What is your understanding of Indigenous education from your perspective?
  • What is your vision for Indigenous education over the next ten years?

Featured in this video are (in order of appearance):

  • Shannon Dunfield, Grande Prairie, AB
  • Heather Souter, Winnipeg, MB
  • Mary Jane Joe, Ntle'kepmx Nation, Vancouver, BC
  • Angela Grandjambe, Fort Good Hope, NWT
  • Patsy McKinney, Fredericton, NB
  • Sharon Langer, Corner Brook, NL
  • Jaime Battiste, Membertou, NS
  • Silas Arngna'naaq, Baker Lake, NU
  • Melinda Laboucan, Fort Good Hope, NWT
  • Kakwiranó:ron Cook, Montreal, QC
  • Riel Thomson, Broadview, SK
  • Isaac Murdoch, Elliott Lake, ON
  • Neil Forbes, Lennox Island First Nation, PEI
  • Stephanie Poole, Lutsel K'e, NWT
  • Harold Johnson, near Champagne Village, YT
  • Verna J. Kirkness, Vancouver, BC (from Fisher River Cree Nation, MB)

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this video to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

We are thankful to be welcomed on these lands in friendship.  The lands we are situated on remain home to many Indigenous Peoples and Nations, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. 

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we remember the history of these lands that has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Peoples who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by as we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

(adapted from: https://studentlife.ontariotechu.ca/services/community/indigenous/land-acknowledgement/#:~:text=Acknowledgement+Statement&text=These+lands+remain+home+to,settler+peoples+until+this+day.)

What is the Land Acknowledgement where you live?

Creative Team

Name Role/Job Title Place
Jennifer Dockstator National Project Director, NCCIE Oakville, ON
Claire Letendre Video Editor, Bang Up Productions Saskatoon, SK
Creative Fire Administration Saskatoon, SK

This video is about:

Community members, Elders, and Knowledge Holders from across Canada sharing their perspectives about Indigenous education. This video was created
in: Saskatoon, SK

Video Details

Length of Video 28:35 minutes
Is there content in this video that is inappropriate to show young children? No


Please contact Bettina Schneider  for more information.