BUILDING STRONGER CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH PRAXIS-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
An Initiative of the University of Calgary Teaching Scholars Program
Our program represents a strategic action plan focused on meeting the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015), along with the Alberta Government’s recent commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This program exemplifies a multi-pronged approach to building stronger connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, schools, and communities through meaningful conversations, targeted learning activities, and praxis-based learning opportunities. Working with local First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities, and responding to learner and community-identified needs, the researchers plan to intentionally seek out and integrate FNMI community perspectives within their present and planned academic work. Importantly, this program represents an important step towards supporting, sharing, and collaboratively improving the overall success of fellow faculty members in their various Indigenous initiatives through an education-led initiative of distributed leadership gatherings across campus.