Learning to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom

September 26, 2017

“Teaching is a deeply personal act for most of us,” writes University of Toronto OISE Distinguished Professor Kathleen Gallagher. “But this year is different from others. There is a new duty felt by teachers at all levels of our education system to make good on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action, creating both a critically important opportunity and an unease about our preparedness.” Gallagher writes about how she learned to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom and “decolonize” teaching habits. This includes learning more from Indigenous writers, considering how these readings could be investigated by students, and learning from resident Elder Cat Criger.  “Guided by humility about what we don’t know and listening carefully to those who do, will keep us on a good path,” concludes Gallagher. NationTalk (CP)