Courageous Conversations Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives A Reflective Inquiry

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Courageous Conversations Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives A Reflective Inquiry by Kevin Lopuck, M. Ed. and

Courageous Conversations Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives A Reflective Inquiry by Kevin Lopuck, M. Ed. and Pamela Schoen, M. Ed.

Who are we? Kevin Lopuck Social Studies Department Head – Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive

Who are we? Kevin Lopuck Social Studies Department Head – Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School 18 years experience President, MSSTA M. Ed. Curriculum (2018) Pamela Schoen Dancer Thinks she’s Wonderwoman Likes to write with Kevin Also teaches stuff… M. Ed. Curriculum (2018) 18 years experience

What did we do? Brainstormed ideas for GTIP – Pam got “Indige-splained” Selected a

What did we do? Brainstormed ideas for GTIP – Pam got “Indige-splained” Selected a series of questions Decided not to research topic but instead reflected on our own experiences, which we thought would be more powerful Spoke generally as to how we would answer question, but left out specific details, which is why the paper reads like a conversation. “Conclusion” was an in-person conversation, which we recorded and transcribed.

What do we want to do today? We want to have a conversation! What

What do we want to do today? We want to have a conversation! What does incorporating Indigenous perspectives mean to you? What goes on in my classroom/school? What challenges do you face? What biases do I bring to the classroom?

Conclusions An important conversation to have First time we’ve examined this part of our

Conclusions An important conversation to have First time we’ve examined this part of our practice. It’s okay to have differing perspectives on incorporating Indigenous perspectives but, it’s not just a passing educational “trend”, it needs to be a priority. Kevin’s is more historical/political Pam’s is more cultural Each of us see the need to incorporate each other's perspective more in our teaching