Curriculum as Place

1. List some of the ways that you see reinhabitation and decolonization happening throughout the narrative.

Reinhabitation and decolonization happened throughout the whole article. It happened through the youth as well as through the elders as they travelled. On their trio they looked closer at the land, stories, history, culture, language and many other things. Cree youth developed a radio documentary called “The Kistachowan River Knows My Name”. This documentary made the community members excited about the spiritual, cultural, economic, and social value of the river. Throughout the trip they got many insights of: Learning about preserving a “way of life”, key ideas and issues in their community, importance in language, land economics and social well being, traditional ways in and outside of the classroom setting, relationships, and the list goes on. The elders continues to pass on stories to the youth throughout the article.

2. How might you adapt these ideas to considering place in your own subject areas and teaching?

To help incorporate this into my classroom it is important to take into consideration the all types of conversation of Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. One way is to bring in an elder. As a teacher I could also take the children to a historical site to see things that are native to the Indigenous culture. Taking the children out side to learn about the weather and nature is a good way to learn about the Indigenous culture. Learning about nature is a great way to connect to the Indigenous ways of living.

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