Indigenizing BC Education: a Collective Responsibility

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2023-03-16

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Martin, Kolton

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My research focuses on the benefits of My research concerns the personal, social, and professional benefits of Indigenizing BC’s public education system for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and educators. In particular, I argue that to achieve tangible improvements in Indigenous learner success and to further the cause of reconciliation, teachers of all different backgrounds must make a visible effort to Indigenize their educational practices. I also discuss the government and school districts' work to Indigenize and decolonize education, such as UNDRIP, Standard Nine, TRC calls to action, and the strategic plans of various school districts. I use research and personal experiences to offer tips and best practices for educators to consider when bringing in Indigenous content. Finally, I discuss the fears of non-Indigenous educators in doing the work of Indigenizing Education.

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Pedagogy, Teacher, Classroom, Reconciliation, Education, Indigenous

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