Best Practices: Teaching + Learning
As educators and members of aboriginal communities work toward developing and implementing strategies that improve the success of aboriginal students, more and more best practices are identified. The Council of Minister of Aboriginal Education Canada have collected best practices in Aboriginal education across the provinces and territories.
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Teaching for Indigenous Education
UBC has a site “Teaching for Indigenous Education” filled with lots of resources on relationships, knowledge, history, pedagogy, curriculum, community, languages and transformation.
For more information: http://www.indigenouseducation.educ.ubc.ca/
Key Learning Ideas from UBC Site:
This topic supports the following key learning ideas:
- Knowledge holders play a pivotal role in facilitating inter-generational, experiential, and ceremonial learning. Indigenous knowledge holders include people (e.g., Elders), other than humans (e.g., land), and more than humans (e.g., transformers, tricksters).
- Indigenous pedagogies engage learning processes that are holistic and multimodal. Some of these include storytelling, land-based experiences, intergenerational learning, and ceremony.
- Learning in Indigenous languages represents an important pedagogy for transmitting worldviews, as well as honouring and advancing Indigenous knowledges and identity.
- Indigenous pedagogies are contextual and intimately connected to language and place.
- Indigenous pedagogies are informed by protocols. This means that there are systematic rules to how educators work with Indigenous knowledges.
- Key questions for dialogue and teacher reflection include: What pedagogies shape my approaches to teaching? How do the pedagogies I rely on compare and contrast to Indigenous pedagogies? How might I begin to incorporate Indigenous pedagogies into my teaching with attention to Indigenous protocols?
Map of Vancouver Island of First Nations
At Vancouver Island University (VIU) our Elders are one of our most valuable resources. They provide counseling, support, and guidance to all students at VIU. You will often hear the students referring to the Elders as "Auntie" or “Uncle”, which is a sign of both affection and respect. Vancouver Island University Elders are active in a variety of areas encompassing student support, class-room instruction, teaching traditional protocols and cross-cultural sharing.
Learn more about: VIU Elders
Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan
2020 Vision for the Future
This Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan outlines a plan for improving post-secondary opportunities and outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. It sets out a Vision, Principles and Goals, informed by evidence-based policies and leading practices, to address systemic barriers and support systemic institutional change to support Aboriginal learners.