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VIU Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series

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Friday, January 22nd, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Unsettling Fiction: Reconciling Novel Partnerships with Traditional Practices to Teach Indigenous Literature in the Classroom 

In an effort to introduce more Indigenous literature into our high school and undergraduate university classrooms and develop teaching approaches that respect traditional Indigenous ways of knowing and being as well as their unique protocols, Joy Gugeler (Creative Writing and Journalism, VIU) and Stephanie Johnson (School District 68) propose and model respectful and equal partnerships between Indigenous Elders, leaders, and experts and settler instructors.

This effort is to expose teen and young adult students (ages 14-22 in particular) to a wider range of works by Indigenous storytellers as well as share contemporary and innovative strategies to engage them in the on and offline worlds in which they live. The intent is also to put the UNDRIP and TRC calls to action into practice, rather than be paralyzed by guilt, lack of access, or fear of missteps, while holding space for and embracing these essential and truthful experiences of our shared nation’s hi/stories.Gugeler and Johnson will suggest ways in which principles celebrating resurgence and reconciliation can be fundamentally interwoven into Indigenous-Settler education to inform our pedagogical practices and embrace a rich, innovative, and holistic way forward. 

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Meeting ID: 630 3440 7187

Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Talks | Lectures
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Location: Zoom
virtual, Victoria
This event is for Adults, Seniors, Student / College
More Info: Cathryn Spence
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