Returning Home: Anthropological Research & Curriculum Development with Gitxaala Nation
Workshop part of the Culture in the Classroom Conference
Prince Rupert, April 27, 2007
This session documented and critiqued the ongoing research relations between UBC and Gitxaala Nation with an emphasis on our research and curriculum development within the context of the Forests and Oceans for the Future project. Drawing upon the project team’s research and curriculum development for Gitxaała we presented a perspective that places primacy upon First Nations epistemology and pedagogy in the development of an inclusive curricula. Forests and Oceans for the Future is an ecological knowledge research project based at UBC and conducted in collaboration with Gitxaała Nation. A key objective of the project has been to develop useful curriculum materials that maintain Gitxaała knowledge within the community. The underlying approach that has emerged is one that places an indigenous perspective at the heart of our work. This workshop was designed to share our experiences and to engage other educators in the process.
Here are some of the web link that will bring you to the specific resources mentioned during the workshops.
- Forests and Oceans for the Future project web site: http://www.ecoknow.ca
- Curriculum materials can be found at: http://www.ecoknow.ca/curriculum.html
- The videos that I mentioned are located on our film unit web page: http://anthfilm.anth.ubc.ca/projects.html
- The direct link to the two Gitxaala videos: http://anthfilm.anth.ubc.ca/gitxaala.html
- If you are interested in some of the academic papers and reports from our research you can find them here: http://www.ecoknow.ca/research.html