Module 1 Weblog- Erin Howard

After completing the Module 1 readings, I decided that I would like to narrow my research to the indigenization of curriculum in Higher Education. Here are some of the resources I have discovered so far:

Towards Indigenizing Higher Ed: An Online Storytelling Series

This resource comes out of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Their overall site is great and has a lot of resources, but I was drawn to the storytelling series. A four-part series that took place earlier in 2017 comprised of Indigenous Elders, educators, and students who talk about indigenizing higher education.

Walking Together: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum

This site was created by Alberta Education and although it is not specifically target to higher education, I think it is an important one to include. The site is incredibly media rich and robust- with many videos, sound clips and photos. The site aims to provide educators with a resource that has been created in consultation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit and demonstrates their perspectives in teaching and learning experiences.

Kairos Blanket Exercise

I became aware of the blanket exercise as it was offered as a professional development opportunity at the college where I work. It is an incredibly powerful exercise that helps educators and students understand the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in history and today. It is an exercise in empathy and sets the tone for working with indigenous students and other individuals. I included this as I think it’s a great offering for both teachers and students.  

Academica: Current Indigenous Top Ten

Academica sends out a daily blog with news articles about Canadian Higher Education. It maintains a top ten list of articles on several topics- one being the topic of indigenous higher education current events and articles. The site is refreshed daily.

100 Ways to Indigenize and De-Colonize Academic Programs and Courses

This online resource is from Dr. Shaunee Pete at the University of Regina. It is a really comprehensive resource that gives ideas for indigenizing programming in colleges and universities. It is broken down by target audience (Deans and Faculty) and gives tangible, clear instructions and suggestions for educators on how they may de-colonize post-secondary curriculum and programming.

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