Analyzing current curriculum through an Indigenous lens is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educational institutions are a product of colonialism, historically resistant to change, impervious to challenge, and as a result, many Indigenous Peoples view them with trepidation and mistrust.
However, the TRC’s Calls to Action presents us educators and administrators with opportunities to change this narrative: to celebrate Canada’s true history, to engage local Indigenous communities in a respectful and sensitive ways, and to build advantageous and trusting relationships through experiential and authentic learning opportunities.
Participants will have an opportunity to engage in traditional local Indigenous culture, language and traditional experiences. Interactive conversations and discussions will focus on the TRC Calls to Action, community engagement, language revival and “bagosenim” the Ojibwe word for hope, for the future generations. Examples of Indigenizing curriculum will be highlighted and Indigenizing curriculum ideas generated for future exploration.