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First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)

Revitalizing Our Classrooms with Indigenous Thinking (Grades 9-12)
Facilitators: Colinda Clyne & Jodie Williams
July 11-13, New Credit & Six Nations (Bear's Inn for accommodations)
Brief Description:
Taking place in traditional lodges alongside Elders, this workshop will help educators understand Indigenous Worldviews and Ways of Knowing, the essential first steps in reconciliation. Strategies and resources will be shared on how to effectively embed culturally appropriate education into a variety of subjects areas.
Detailed Description
In this interactive three day workshop, participants will explore how Indigenous Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are essential first steps in reconciliation. This workshops is designed to support educators on how to effectively embed culturally appropriate First Nations, Métis and Inuit education into a variety subject areas in the secondary panel. Strong links to the revised Canadian World Studies, Social Studies & Humanities, Health & Physical EducationCurriculum as well as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies and ministry documents will be shared throughout. Supported by community Elders, partitions will have the opportunity to learn from the land to understand the connection between Indigenous Knowledge and the natural environment through authentic traditional teachings that connect be found in a textbook or online.
Highlighting effective strategies and practical resources, educators will be provided with concrete examples that they can use to support students in understanding how reconciliation begins by restoring our relationship with the land. Participants will be left through the inconvenient truth about Canada’s history and the ongoing policies that continue to oppress Indigenous Peoples today. Participants will be asked to reflect on and challenge current beliefs and values associated with our extractive-based resource economy and be presented with a critical examination of the Indian Act. These explorations will include historical and contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit challenges and achievements through culturally appropriate instructional strategies that promote student engagement and foster an environment for student inquiry. Participants will lean new ways to engage their students through authentic and meaningful experiences that incorporate Indigenous Worldviews and Way of Knowing using practical, ready made lessons that can be incorporated immediately into their own classroom practice.
While at New Credit First Nations, participants will have the rare opportunity to experience Aishinaabek customary practices and teachings with Nancy Rowe in her traditional round house: Kinomaagaye Gaamik: “House of Learning”. The group will also visit Sit Nations of the Grand River with Mohawk Elder Jan Longboat where participants will explore the gardens of her lodge and receive traditional teachings that can be used to enhance their current classroom practice on the environment. These teachings will provide students with a deeper appreciation and sense of responsibility towards the environment and will inspire them to take action on caring for our Mother Earth. Opportunities to participant in a sweat lodge, drumming, medicine making and other traditional crafts will be provided.
Finally, participants will apply their learning to their own practice and consider their person contributions to reconciliation, how they will acknowledge, recognize and respect Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous peoples’ contributions to Canada in their classes.
Learning Goals:
  • Build an understanding of Indigenous worldviews and protocols, including the importance of  local relationships
  • Recognize the implication of opposing worldviews with respect to land, language, beliefs & values
  • Develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary policies that continue to impact First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples 
  • Explore the connections between treaties, human rights, international law, UNDRIP & TRC 
  • Critically examine colonialism & imperialism with respect to Indigenous Peoples and settler societies 
  • Deconstruct the implications of oppression through positionality and worldview 
  • Consider what it means to decolonize and Indigenize your mind, your classrooms, your schools.  
  • Recognize that reconciliation involves the collective efforts from all peoples to revitalize the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian society. Create a network of resources and contacts Connect new knowledge and understandings to create classroom-ready activities.
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