Week Seven

As it says in the article, Kellert (2005) mentions that the “connection to nature is important to children’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development.” Through the ten day experience that they explained, the children are taught about their cultural identity in terms of connecting to the land and territory before they were introduced to Western ways of knowing. This includes youth, adults, elders, and other participants, which I believe directly relates to what should be done in the classroom. The sense of community to approach these issues and topics. This also educates the people on the role of land and territory, and certain strategies that the Mushkegowuk peoples used to maintain a “way of life”. Through this, decolonization is represented and displays the problems that came along with colonization. The article also mentions that process of recovering and renewing traditional cultural patterns such as mentoring or intergenerational relationships. Overall, the process of “reinhabilitation and decolonization depend on each other.”.

This article so directly applies to the classroom. Various subjects can be approached this way, and most importantly used to educate students on Aboriginal history and culture. Being a social studies major, it is unbelievable to me that people can visualize Canadian history with the absence of Aboriginal peoples. It is a large value of mine to make sure that my students understand that Canadian history does not begin with Confederation and the arrival of Europeans, but goes much further back into Aboriginal peoples lifestyles before that arrival point. Also, what a better way to approach this topic than to bring it to the outdoors, where the students and their families can learn together what it means to decolonize and reinhabilitate for an Aboriginal person in Canada. Education should be more about community, and this is more effective when done in the community, rather than in the school. Students will be more excited and interested if they are able to learn various environments and to share their knowledge with their families and peers. I believe that we have so much to learn from the Indigenous ways of knowing and could benefit so greatly if we would begin applying such ways into our classrooms.

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