INDIGENOUS EDUCATION: A CALL TO ACTION
A program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary Route
The Indigenous Education: A Call to Action graduate topic in the MED Interdisciplinary program has been designed in direct response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) (2015). Central to the TRC is an ethical call to educators, educational leaders, policy makers, and other concerned citizens, to embark on the work of reconciling relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This program explores themes of decolonization, Indigenous aesthetic expressions, and critical service learning as the basis from which to build a capstone service-learning project that focuses on reconciliation. Inspired by the UNESCO principles of learning to be, know, do, and relate (Lalonde, 2015), this program takes up a variety of theoretical and applied scholarship from Indigenous and allied scholars working within: anti-racism and social justice education; Indigenous education; adult education; and critical service-learning to inform this scholarly endeavour. This Master of Education Interdisciplinary program (two concurrent summer courses followed by two online courses over the fall and winter) is designed for those who wish to explore, and enact, their own responses to a national call for reconciliation with Canada's First Peoples.
*Poitras Pratt, Y., Lalonde, S., Hanson, A. & Danyluk, P. (2017). Responding to the TRC Calls to Action: Indigenizing a graduate program. In P. Preciado Babb, L. Yeworiew, & S. Sabbaghan (Eds.). Selected Proceedings of the IDEAS Conference: Leading Educational Chance Conference 2017, pp.103-111. Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.