Module 3 Post 4: Place-Based Education

In the interview below, Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Professor of Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute of Studies and Education at the University of Toronto, introduces place-based aboriginal education.  She explains that place-based is not only concerned with the geographical location but also with the socio, political and cultural positions of students, their families, and their communities.  Place-based education is successful at rebuilding trust and relationships by honouring traditional ways of knowing that were lost through colonisation and residential schools. This video could be used to introduce educators to idea of place-based education and initiative dialogue.

In the video, Dr. Stewart mentions Aboriginal Head Start programs that have adopted place-based practices.  In addition to describing their programming, the website provides several resources for planning cultural curriculum and language activities and promoting positive life choices.



tvoparents (Publisher). (2011, February 24). Place-based learning in Aboriginal communities. [Video file]. Retrieved from

Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC. (2015). Tips and tools. Retrieved from

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