Professional Learning: Indigenous WKB

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being

The SLC in Five Strategic Plan (2019-24) has outlined a commitment to incorporating Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being throughout our college community. This section outlines specific resources that will help faculty begin their exploration of Indigenous narratives but this is by no means a complete list. We will add more resources as we develop more initiatives in collaboration with Indigenous leaders, other college departments, and external teaching/learning communities.

As a starting point, we encourage faculty to begin by reviewing the SLC in Five Strategic Plan on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being. This section of the strategic plan highlights larger directions for the college. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission includes 94 calls to action which outline specific tasks where individuals/organizations can empower Indigenous voices. Finally, the Indigenous Education Protocol outlines the specific commitments the universities and colleges have taken in response to the Indigenous education.

Teaching Spotlight

Mary Ann Lyons, Professor, General Arts & Science - Kingston

In my classes on the history of Indigenous people, I try to engage the students by using Indigenous ways of knowing and being as much as possible. One of these ways is reflection. So, after delivering information, I like to have students reflect on it, rather than to simply retrieve and re-state facts. For example, one topic I address is the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. After presenting the content, I ask the students to contemplate the advantages of the building of the railroad, and then to identify and think about the negative aspects, such as the widespread and life-altering traumas that resulted for the Indigenous people who lived in what are now the western provinces of Canada. Finally, I ask them to consider some alternative strategies that might have been used so that the railroad could have been built without bringing such intense harm to the Indigenous people (and the buffalo). Another Indigenous way is helping each other; sharing thoughts and discussing them in a respectful way encourages the whole class to learn and to be open to new ideas.”

Library Portal: Indigenous Teaching Resources

The Learning Portal has a series of teaching resources that were curated by the Confederation College the library and Indigenous Learning Outcomes (ILO) team. These resources are designed to help faculty elevate Indigenous voices in their courses by sharing specific teaching resources, databases , and knowledge on Indigenous culture. Including these resources in your courses will help ensure students are receiving a more holistic perspective that is aligned to the TRC calls to action and IEP.

Also, faculty should connect with the SLC Library if they need support finding course appropriate materials from Indigenous authors/collaborators.

Teaching Spotlight

Jim Elyot, Professor, General Arts & Science - Kingston

"In Film Studies, we give students the opportunity to learn how movies are made, who makes them, and most importantly, the many ways to interpret the messages being sent in movies. Teams learn together on unique projects like Who Tells it Best, where we all get to see our country from a perspective rarely shown - Canada’s First Peoples.

Learning about our nation’s culture can be exciting. It can be a little uncomfortable too. The important thing in my class is that we to it all together. The Film Studies teams help me learn something new every week! In our class, we do not do Group Work. We share interesting, fun, and effective Group Experiences."

Guest Speaker: Lindsay Brant

The SCTL invited Lindsay Brant (Educational Developer, Indigenous Curriculum and Ways of Knowing) from Queen's University to lead a discussion on Indigenous Pedagogy during the Winter 2020 Professional Learning Week. This session was streamed across the three campuses and included the following handouts which were designed to promote self-reflective practice in adopting the principles of Indigenous pedagogy in one's teaching practice.

Lindsay also teaches part-time at SLC but you can learn more about her work on the Queen's CTL website.

Indigenous Learning Guides

"These guides are the result of a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was led by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. We thank them for their guidance, support, and generosity. The content in these guides is authored by teams of Indigenous and ally writers from across BC." - BCcampus website

While these guides showcase a great collaboration of Indigenous voices in BC, it's important to recognize that this is only one lens in the larger efforts in promoting Indigenous narratives. The SCTL will continue to explore more resources with the larger community and welcome suggestions to include on the website.

Student Services & College Events

Faculty should familiarize themselves with resources that are designed to support Indigenous learners and should review the events that take place in the Eagle's Nest Indigenous Centre. These are excellent professional learning opportunities that provide good context for promoting Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being.

Eagle's Nest Indigenous Centre

The Eagle's Nest Indigenous Centre is a comfortable space for Indigenous students to relax, study, and interact with other Indigenous students.

  • Kingston Campus - Room 03030

  • Brockville Campus - Room 277

  • Cornwall Campus - Room A103

The Eagle's Nest Indigenous Centre also host a number of events and workshops throughout the year. Faculty are encouraged to participate in the events and bring these newfound knowledge into their classrooms.