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Monday, May 11 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Indigenizing through Infusion

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Indigenizing the Institution” is a common mandate now for most post-secondary institutions in BC, and with this comes the challenging expectation that faculty will participate in this process by indigenizing their teaching and courses.  This “Indigenizing through Infusion” workshop will help participants to experience, explore and emphasize instructional strategies, resources, and activities that will help them in the process of indigenizing through infusion their classroom environment and their course content.  

The teaching-learning role of the Oral Tradition Circle and Storytelling skills of listening and speaking will be emphasized and incorporated to complement the Western Tradition skills of reading and writing. The topics covered will include acknowledging the First Nations territory with video and written statements, developing community by sharing “Who am I” in terms of name, ancestry and community, and including stories about the history of local landmark names and legends for writing topics .

First, participants will experience classroom activities that explore the value of using locally-sourced videos, written stories, and community-event news articles to introduce Indigenous culture, traditions and history to students. Guided metacognitive reflection questions will be used to help them focus and write about what was interesting and new for them in the videos and/or readings. Once they have their reflections written, the format of the local traditional “Talking Circle” protocol will be used, so they can practice their listening/speaking skills as they share their mindfulness thoughts. The “Teaching Circle” will be used to develop group consciousness and content knowledge through the acknowledgement of each participant’s contribution as they share and record their reflections to create a collaborative brainstorm for content. This group content will be then be used for the beginning steps of the writing process to help participants start writing their own paragraphs and essays.

The workshop will end with participants reflecting on their experiences and how by using these instructional and active learning strategies, learning is encouraged, and the classroom’s learning community is developed. The infusion of the Talking and Teaching Circles with reflection and writing activates will provide participants with the experience of learning within both the Oral Tradition and Western Tradition.


Leonne Beebe

Associate Professor, University of the FraserValley
As a literacy/numeracy specialist at the University Fraser Valley and as the Agassiz-Harrison Literacy Co-ordinator, I have taught ESL and both first and second language students upgrading English and math.

Monday May 11, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon F
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