Tag Archives: culturally responsive curriculum

Indigenous knowledge and western science

Dr Gregory Cajete is the Director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. In this talk he explains how Aboriginal ways of knowing are indeed compatible with western science.

He is very much involved in integrated curriculum development that is culturally responsive and aims to engage Aboriginal learners.

Module 4, post 5.

Bright Sail Aboriginal Consulting

Bright Sail Aboriginal Consulting offers culturally relevant curriculum and assessment specializing in aboriginal education. Their services include:

  • Culturally-relevant Curriculum & Assessment
  • Literacy & Numeracy Programs
  • Language Learning & Training Needs
  • Professional Development
  • Special Projects Design
  • Special Needs Students

Recent projects include upon recommendation of the Ipperwash Inquiry,  preparing original curriculum reflecting aboriginal perspectives on treaty history.   I would be interested in seeing examples of their culturally relevant curriculum and assessments.

Module 1 post 1


Module 4: Post #3- Exploring our Environment through Experiential Learning

The lesson plan on the Exploration of Medicinal Plants (http://ankn.uaf.edu/Curriculum/Units/medplants.html) found on the Alaska Native Knowledge Network site integrates Indigenous knowledge with Science curriculum outcomes, giving students experience learning first hand about where and how medicinal plants are used.

At the International School I worked at in Singapore, I had the opportunity to be involved in our Open Minds program which was based on experiential learning outside of the classroom. Holistic connections were made with our natural environment and with examining issues through different perspectives. For example, when I taught Grade 2, one of the sites we visited was the Eco Garden at the Singapore Science Centre. (http://www.science.edu.sg/exhibitions/Pages/ecogarden.aspx) where we examined the different uses of medicinal plants.

The next step for this program would be to add in connections to Indigenous cultures, for example working with elders who have knowledge of the local plants and their uses. It is also very important to ensure students learn about Indigenous communities connections to the the land and environmental sustainability.