RESPECT Fostering Reconciliation in the Classroom
This Indigenous-led course from IndienEYEZ and OC's Continuing Studies supports school teachers and support workers to foster cultural safety and reconciliation in the classroom. Implementing the new curriculum and the First Peoples Principles of Learning can be challenging for teachers with limited experience with Indigenous peoples and histories. This experiential training supports participants to practice tools that increase their comfort with teaching Indigenous students and topics, creating classrooms that are more inclusive and hold safe space for students to navigate challenging material and conversations. The course provides an orientation to the shared history of colonization that lies between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and familiarizes participants with key aspects of Indigenous worldviews. Teachers gain easy-to-use tools and build skills to create a classroom culture that embodies the First Peoples Principles of Learning and lays a foundation for implementing Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in their classrooms. The pedagogical approach to the training is grounded in Indigenous principles of relationship and reciprocity, creating a rich environment for learning by doing.
At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:
• Develop classroom plans that apply First Peoples Principles of Learning in the classroom
• Describe cultural safety and why it is important in the learning environment
• Recognize features of the classroom that diminish cultural safety for Indigenous students and their families
• Create a classroom environment that increases cultural safety
• Describe key features of local Indigenous worldviews connecting to individual backgrounds and knowledge.
• Develop a plan for creating the kind of classroom culture they want and demonstrate tools they will use to make this happen
Course dates run Aug. 16, 23, 26 and Sept. 13. For details, click on the button below.
Tags: Indigenization, Inside OC
November 1, 2021
After an intense wildfire season, heatwaves and droughts, the need for Canadians to conserve water is more crucial than ever. That’s where OC alumnus Sean McFetridge comes in. He and his wife, Alisha McFetridge, co-founded RainStick Shower, a WiFi-enabled smart shower system that aims to solve water and energy waste by up to 80%. We caught up with Sean to hear more about what he’s been up to since graduating from OC in 2011. Where is your hometown and where are you located now?Kelo...Read more...
September 27, 2021
Kelly Terbasket of IndigenEYEZ has created a new sister organization for allies—kinSHIFT. Launched this spring, kinSHIFT is a tailored set of workshops for non-Indigenous allies who want to take the next step. Designed in response to increasing requests from people who want to be genuine allies, kinSHIFT is a safer space to do the work. ------------ As a person of mixed heritage, I've always felt the divide between cultures and wanted to be part of bridging awareness a...Read more...
September 10, 2021
The writing community of Vernon is taking centre stage in a new film produced by OC English Professor and self-proclaimed budding filmmaker Hannah Calder. For the last four years, Calder has been collaborating with Curtis and Silmara Emde on Why We Write: Poets of Vernon, a film project originally sparked in 2017. Curtis, an OUC alumnus, has stayed in touch with his first-year English professor, Tom Wayman, since completing his studies. When Wayman released his collection of music-...Read more...
September 3, 2021
“I have always been interested in our anatomy and exercising so I enrolled in OC’s Kinesiology Diploma program. My first year was going really well, then COVID-19 hit. I was able to finish the first year in an online format. However, starting school in September completely online, I was struggling to stay engaged with my studies. Before COVID, many of our classes would be active and in the gym. I found it hard to stay present with everything online and not having the same convers...Read more...