Canada’s education system is failing its Indigenous students. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission summarized a list of 94 recommendations in its Calls to Action report, several of which are aimed directly at narrowing the education gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In order to facilitate the implementation of these recommendations, educational institutions need to confront the impacts of ongoing colonialism in their classrooms.
Approaching education and learning through a decolonized lens may be a solution. Decolonizing school systems involves rethinking the way schooling is delivered, including curriculum, methodologies, and relationships with communities. The purpose of this project is to highlight the positive impacts of different approaches to decolonial education, as well as challenges in implementation, and then to develop tools and guidance for educators and policy makers wishing to move towards a more decolonized approach to teaching and learning.
During the first year of the project, project partners will work with their local communities to develop case studies related to emerging practices of decolonial education. These case studies will be shared here on the website, as well as through a web-hosted story telling event. The second phase of the project will bring together project partners and community knowledge holders to evaluate the common elements of decolonized education and tackle some tough questions related to implementation.
For more information on this project, or to get involved, please contact Dave Porter, Principal Investigator, School of Education, Aurora College.