Session D-A Settler on Indigenous Land: Teaching a Language of Colonization on Indigenous Territory

In this eye and heart-opening era of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and settlers, conflicts exist in the heart of a French teacher who is teaching a language of colonization to her Indigenous and non-Indigenous secondary students on unceded Ts’msyen territory. This workshop begins with my story of gradual decolonization as a white settler who engages Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous content to create a classroom which values local culture and addresses the elitism often associated with learning the French language. We will delve into the ways that the French and second-language classroom can be used as a vehicle for holistic learning and deep appreciation of Indigenous content and ways of knowing, as well as examining the “Five Stages of Settler Decolonization”. The workshop will involve a PowerPoint presentation, as well as group discussions, think/pair/share, example lessons that I ask groups to improve upon, and handouts.

Target audience: 4-7,8-10,11-12

11-12 4-7 8-10 Ab Ed Core French
Location: TBC Date: March 3, 2018 Time: 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Nancy Griffith-Zahner