Module 1 Resources (Lindsay Spencer)

Source 1: Culture and Technology (Chapter 1)

I came across this source in another course. It is less relevant to indigenous peoples but speaks to the question of whether or not technology is neutral. The first chapter reviews a number of theories regarding the role of technology and how it has changed aspects of society. What I found interesting was the discussion concerning the assumption that technology is neutral, but that as it is an extension of human capacity, its very presence changes society’s expectations.

Source 2: Who owns the Arctic?

I took a course during my undergraduate degree years ago and my professor (Michael Byers) has continued to update his blog about the politics concerning the sovereignty claims in the Arctic. When one filters this site, there are numerous articles relating to the Inuit and their historical claim to the Arctic- interestingly, it is their historical presence that has allowed the Canadian government to support any kind of claim. Unfortunately though, they still have not been afforded a vote in the outcome of the claims.

Source 3: First Nationals Pedagogy Online: Storytelling

This site is of interest to me mostly because I am personally interested in storytelling. I foresee that this could be useful in my future classroom lessons.

Source 4: Indigenous storytelling: Who is controlling the narrative?

This article is actually linked to an extended podcast that discusses the impacts of who controls stories and what the perception of those narratives can be.

Source 5: BC Aboriginal Childcare Society

I always find it difficult to find stories that I can use to relate to the students in my classroom. Often, I don’t even know where to begin. This site offers lists and summaries of books that could be helpful in teaching at the elementary school level.

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