Resources for Indigenizing the Curriculum

For the next couple of days I am in Dr. Wendy Burton’s Indigenizing the Curriculum by Design workshop. So far it is terrific. Wendy is a great facilitator with lots of experience and a warm and inclusive manner. Our project over the three day workshop is to indigenize a current course that we teach. I’ve chosen First Peoples English (Provincial level). It might seem weird to indigenize a course that already has lots of FN content but it’s not just the content that makes a course indigenized.

Today we had to choose one learning outcome to work on from our course. I chose this one:

“gather, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information into a research paper or report of approximately 1500 words using an appropriate documentation style ( e.g. APA, MLA or Chicago)”

Our homework for tonight is to gather resources that would help us create appropriate learning activities for this outcome, so I’m going to list a few here:

BC First Nations Teacher’s Guide
Twinkle’s Happy Place (blog by an Aboriginal education specialist)
CBC Indigenous
CBC Radio One show: Unreserved With Roseanna Deerchild
FNESC English First Peoples IRP
Where Are The Children? (interactive website about residential schools)

And thank you to Libby Roderick who has suggested another free downloadable resource from her organization: Stop Talking and Listen: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.

2 thoughts on “Resources for Indigenizing the Curriculum

  1. Libby Roderick says:

    Hi there,
    Someone just sent me a link to your blog. I’d love to add another resource to your list.
    The University of Alaska Anchorage has a book we published a few years ago, which is available for free online at http://www.difficultdialoguesuaa.org/images/uploads/Stop_talking_final.pdf. It is called Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. We offer workshops at universities across the continent, in an effort to help indigenize higher education. I think it would be very helpful to your work here. All the best,
    Libby Roderick
    Director, Difficult Dialogues Initiative
    University of Alaska Anchorage
    eroderick@alaska.edu

    • mworfolk says:

      Thank you for letting me know about that resource, Libby! I appreciate it as I am always looking for things I can use myself and pass along to other instructors. I really like the title of the handbook, by the way–one of the best things about the workshop I took was realizing how little silence we make room for in the traditional western classroom…even the ones where we are trying to follow more learner-centred pedagogy.

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