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Tips on how to avoid colonizing indigenous curriculum

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 6:27 p.m.

Does anyone have any tips on how to avoid colonizing indigenous curriculum?
My main concerns are to:
1. Time management in sharing circles while still fostering freedom
2. Maintaining and teaching respect: If students share something personal, are t…

Re: Books on Residential schools

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

"Not My Girl" by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
"Kookum's Red Shoes" by Peter Eyvindson

Can I begin introducing indigenous perspectives through a non-indigenous book?

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 6:06 p.m.

I absolutely love the book, "It's Okay to be Different" by Todd Parr.
I think this book would be such a good resource to get to know my students better and build a safe learning environment.
However, I wonder if this book could also be used to slowl…

Re: Generational Trauma

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

I think this is a very good question!

I find myself worrying about this to, but I think as long as you know your students and have history asking them about their roots, you should have a fair understanding of possible triggers...

However, I know…

In need of advice concerning boundaries when teaching indigenous perspectives and ways of life.

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 5:51 p.m.

I completely agree with consulting with an indigenous support specialist before I plan to teach indigenous perspectives in my practicum.

I find myself constantly at war with an internal battle regarding my ancestry. I am Metis but I often get quest…

Re: Looking ahead to practicum

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 5:32 p.m.

I love the idea of incorporating math Ciana!

I am placed in Grade One and I am hoping to introduce "Planting with Thankfulness: An Indigenous Story" by Maxine Hadubiak and Darren Quibell in Science. I am concerned that due to weather, I will have t…

Using Newspaper Archives in Upper Elementary Education a Good or Bad Idea for Teaching Indigenous Perspectives?

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

I recently explored newspaper archives and I found an abundance of articles written about Indigenous people's in Canada from the mid 1700s. These articles are haunting and reveal how Indigenous people were seen, described, and treated throughout Can…

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to continually imbed Indigenous perspectives in early elementary classrooms?

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 4:56 p.m.

I’ve noticed that teaching indigenous perspectives are often short lived and heavily focused on the trauma, and pain surrounding their culture(s). I understand that this is most likely due to the lack of knowledge, uncomfortable feelings, and worry …

Re: How to teach about residential schools in a way that is appropriate?

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 4:35 p.m.

Discussing topics such as Residential Schools is a very triggering subject, so I completely understand your concern Tamara! This is a topic that I have asked many teachers, indigenous people, and parents for advice on. I was not surprised to learn t…

Re: guilt and self deprecation

  By: ChantelleDawn on Oct. 22, 2021, 4:02 p.m.

Mila, I wanted to start my comment by thanking you for being vulnerable and sharing your struggle. I often find myself feeling uncomfortable talking about indigenous perspectives as well; the history is clear but as a teacher discussing historical e…