Werklund School of Education is pleased to invite our final year pre-service teachers to participate in a land-based learning experience that is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and pedagogical practices. There will be a total of four learning experiences spread throughout the Fall semester. These learning experiences will focus on how land-based understandings, holistic understandings, and Indigenous pedagogical practices connect and can support and enhance diverse and rigorous learning experiences for all students. All 4 learning days will also explore language and story connections of the land and work to uncover program of study connections in this place. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about Blackfoot value systems of aatsimmoiyihkanni – spirituality, kakyosin – be aware of your environment, be observant, kimmapiiypitsinni – kindness to others, ihkanaitapstiwa – everything that is given to a person to do what they want with, i.e., knowledge, and aksistoiypaittapiisinni – being able to take on tasks independently. We will also pair these understandings alongside the Cree wisdom tradition of miyo waskawewin or walking well in the world.
The four land-based learning experiences are designed to meet the following objectives:
- Cultivate a balanced and respectful relationship between Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and belonging and societal educational knowledge systems in how we think about and do everything within schools
- Build student understandings as they relate to Indigenous knowledge systems, languages and histories through experiential land-based learning opportunities
- Participate in a land-based professional learning experience to listen to the language and story connections of the land and to uncover the math, literacy and science that live in this place.
- Participate in learning experiences that model Indigenous pedagogies through ceremony and story
The series is meant to support learning in EDUC 530: Indigenous Education. Students in this course will be given first access to registration, and if spaces remain, registration will be opened to more Bachelor of Education students. Sessions will occur rain or shine. The sessions are intended to build on each other but can also be attended individually.