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Monday, November 6 • 10:15 - 11:05
Indigenous Learning Circles for Faculty: Weaving New Ways of Learning across Classrooms

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Recent reforms at many Canadian institutions have led some of us to challenge the dominance of Western epistemologies in higher education and consider the ways in which Indigenous ways of knowing can be integrated more meaningfully into our classrooms (Augustus, 2015). Vancouver Island University (VIU) has adopted an institution-wide framework to address the challenge of reconciliation, as required by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. As part of this initiative, VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning recently partnered with the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement to facilitate learning circles for faculty. These professional learning opportunities bring together Elders-In-Residence, Aboriginal students and VIU faculty to explore ‘indigenization’ in higher education and the impact it has on all of us. 

In this session, we will provide three perspectives on participating in the learning circles. A faculty member, Marilyn Funk, two students, Aaron Moore and Sheldon Scow and an educational developer, Kathleen Bortolin will all share how participating in this this full-year initiative impacted their practices and their perspective on indigenous teaching and learning in higher education. Their learning journeys share a common theme around experiencing the lingering impact of colonization in ourselves and in our classrooms, and the ways in which we are moving forward and learning together.

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Kathleen Bortolin

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Vancouver Island University


Monday November 6, 2017 10:15 - 11:05 PST
Segal Room 1400