University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education

This mandatory course explores historical and contemporary legislation, educational policy, pedagogy and practices related to Indigenous peoples, with a focus on First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) peoples in Canada. Students learn about the past in order to better understand the current educational landscape as well as the social relations that have contributed to educational inequality for FNMI communities and students. 


The intent of this course is to prepare students to develop relationships/partnerships, lessons, programs, pedagogies, practices, and policies that support Indigenous perspectives as future educators. The course encompasses current and emerging policies, initiatives and resources - many based on Indigenous ways of knowing and being - case studies of success, and innovative research-based practices that challenge the status quo. Throughout the course, current research and literature from various Indigenous educational perspectives and fields will aid students in examining their own perspectives. This course meets the requirements around Indigenous education as mandated by Alberta Education (including the Teacher Quality Standards), the Association of Canadian Deans of Education’s Accord on Indigenous Education (2010), as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action specific to education.


Louie, D., Poitras Pratt, Y., Hanson A., & Ottomann, J. (2017). Applying Indigenizing principles of decolonizing methodologies in university classrooms. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 47(3), 16-33. Available online at:

Poitras Pratt, Y., & Danyluk, P. (2017). Learning what schooling left out: Making an Indigenous case for critical service-learning and critical pedagogy within teacher education. Canadian Journal of Education, 40(1). Available online at:


Poitras Pratt, Y., & Danyluk, P. (2016). Moving towards critical service learning as a signature pedagogy in Aboriginal communities: Why good intentions are not enough. Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing for Innovation Conference 2016, University of Calgary, Institutional Repository PRISM 2016. Available online at:

Poitras Pratt, Y., & Daniels D.L. (2014). Métis remembrances of education: Bridging history with memory. Proceedings of the IDEAS: Rising to the Challenge Conference 2014, University of Calgary, Institutional Repository Space 2014. Available online at: