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Resources for Decolonizing Your Teaching

This list offers resources to support a path towards decolonizing our teaching.

Introductions to Indigenous Canada

*Consider taking a free course to learn about Indigenous perspectives:

  • University of British Colombia, Reconciliation Through Education
  • University of Alberta, Indigenous Canada MOOC: 12 lessons explore Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. from an Indigenous perspective.Topics include the fur trade, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life and art.
  • University of Toronto (OISE), Aboriginal Worldviews and Education

Akena, F. A. (2012). Critical analysis of the production of Western knowledge and its implications for Indigenous knowledge and decolonization. Journal of Black Studies43(6), 599-619.

Battell Lowman, E., & Barker, A. J. (2016). Settler: Identity and colonialism in 21st century Canada
Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood Publishing. 

King, T. (2012). The inconvenient Indian: A curious account of Native People in North AmericaToronto: Doubleday Canada.

Ladner, K. L., & Tait, M. J. (2017). Surviving Canada: Indigenous peoples celebrate 150 years of betrayal. Winnipeg, MB: Arbeiter Ring Publishing.

Loyie, L., Spear, W. K., & Brissenden, C. (2014). Residential schools: With the words and images of survivors. Brantford, ON: Indigenous Education Press.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). (2015). Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.  




Key Reading

Vowel, C. (2016). Indigenous writes: A guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit issues in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Highwater Press. Indigenous Writes

" In 31 essays, Chelsea explores the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present, through five categories – Terminology of Relationships; Culture and Identity; Myth-Busting; State Violence; and Land, Learning, Law, and Treaties."