For The Classroom

 

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Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board

“The epistemology emphasizes the importance of respect, reciprocity, relation, protocol, holistic knowing, relevancy, story, interpretive meaning, and the experiential that encompasses Indigenous ways of knowing.” – Margaret Kovach 2010

Classroom Presentations

The outlined presentations will provide Indigenous and First Nations approaches to pedagogy helping teachers infuse a better understanding and Indigenous lens to their lesson plans as well as methods to create a safe learning space for Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Primary – Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6

  • Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Who Are Indigenous People today?
  • Indigenous Awareness in the classroom: Talking circle, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) customs and teachings, smudging, dancing, drumming, story of the drum, storytelling, explanation of Pow Wow Celebrations
  • First Nations pre-contact to present day
  • Land use: Anishinaabe (Ojibway) teachings/methodologies to better understand our connection to the land
  • Truth and Reconciliation: History and impact of Residential Schools in Canada
  • Stereotypes and misconceptions of Indigenous People in media, education (classic classroom songs) and Canada. Cultural appropriation – Halloween Costumes, library books, arts and crafts, Thanksgiving etc…

Middle School – Grade 7 & 8’s

  • Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Who Are Indigenous People?
  • Indigenous Awareness in the classroom: Talking circle, smudging, dancing, drumming, storytelling
  • First Nations pre-contact to present day
  • Land use: Anishinaabe (Ojibway) teachings/methodologies to better understand our connection to the land
  • Truth and Reconciliation: History and impact of Residential Schools in Canada
  • Stereotypes and misconceptions of Indigenous People in media, education and Canada

Secondary School – Grade 9 to 12

  • Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Who Are Indigenous People?
  • First Nations pre-contact to present day, colonization timeline
  • Land use: Anishinaabe (Ojibway) teachings/methodologies to better understand our connection to the land, Indigenous sciences
  • Truth and Reconciliation: History and impact of Residential Schools in Canada
  • Stereotypes and misconceptions of Indigenous People in media, education and Canada

Each presentation will be approximately one to two hours depending on classroom schedules. The presentations are allowed a maximum of two classes per school within the same school day.

 

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  • Parking
  • Projector/SMART -Board
  • Access to the internet/WiFi
  • Speakers
  • Display Table for books and cultural items
  • Students need to be prepared before presentation as to the content.