Power of Place in Indigenous Learning

Power of Place in Indigenous Learning

Power of Place in Indigenous Learning Jim Sharpe Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Canadian Residential Adult Education

Antigonish Movement: Peoples School Religious and community conference centres

Residential training centres Summer retreat, camping or canoeing adventure University programs: summer institutes Indigenous Education

Recovery from Residential Schools: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Policy of Cultural Genocide to take the Indian out of the child Resurgence based on survival of spiritual and cultural practices

Grass-roots, decentralized, cultural response: Idle No More Theorists of Indigenous Renaissance Glen Coulthard, Red Skins, White Masks Margaret Kovacs, Indigenous Research

Methods Marie Battiste, Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit All call for pedagogy of decolonization Duchinta Bush University

Duchinta=Learning from the Bush Located 20 minutes by plane from Yellowknife on Blatchford Lake in Akaitcho territory Offers both semester long programs and shorter professional development for teachers

Accredited by University of Alberta and other universities All courses involve learning from the land Location

Founder Erin Ballantyne: first Rhodes scholar from NWT Way of moving decolonization theory into practice Learning from the Elders and the land Reciprocity with the land results in the

crumbling of settler capitalism Elizabeth Tshaukuesh Penashues Walks Late winter walks

Black Kettle Films Short film (22 minutes) by US filmmaker Andrew Madge on 2009 walk Available on Elizabeths blog http://elizabethpenashue.blogspot.ca/ Shows the purpose of the walk is to teach

natural way of life Special interest in involving children with the language of the land Images from the walk

Family/Group Photo Winter walks and summer canoe trips Opportunity to learn from the land Protest the development of the lower

Churchill Falls Dam and power station Long tradition of protests, including camping on runway to protest low-level flying training for NATO Elispogtog Anti-Fracking Protest

Ten years of opposition to fracking in southern New Brunswick In Fall of 2013 Government pushing fracking as the economic salvation for the province Elispogtog, largest First Nation in New Brunswick, calls for stop of fracking on

traditional territory Occupation of Company equipment site. Started as Peaceful Protest Then RCMP moved in

Showdown at Highway 134 Result of the Protest South West Resources left and did not return Election the next year defeated government that supported fracking

New government place moratorium on fracking recently extended Ongoing court cases against protesters Ongoing court challenge from Elispogtog on ownership and development of resource

Conclusion: Learning from the land Great need for recovery of language of the land Land based graduate degrees in education at University of Saskatchewan Learning through collective action to both

interact with the land and protect the land Learning is dynamic, involves protest and builds community.

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