Decolonizing Teacher Education… One Kitchen Table at a Time – GDI

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2020112 Views

Feb 10, 2020

In traditional Michif pedagogy (ways of teaching), the classroom was the kitchen, the Old Ones were the teachers and the land was the textbook. From the buffalo hunt, to the road allowance era, the skills we needed to survive and thrive as a people were often imparted around a kitchen table. It’s a pedagogy that centers relationships, modeling, listening, watching, doing and the maintaining of high expectations. Contemporary classrooms and learning resources offer us much in the way of making knowledge accessible and easily distributed, but they do not always offer a real and tangible connection to community, the land and ancestral knowledge.

At the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) Regina Centre, we strive to assist our students in the reclaiming of their traditional ways of knowing and being, and to teach them how to engage with this knowledge in order to navigate and enhance mainstream education and classrooms. It is with this in mind that SUNTEP Regina staff and students recently organized and hosted a Métis kitchen table party as a culmination of a semester long journey of exploration and discovery.

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